|born on||2 January 1922 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )|
|Place||Atherstone, England, 52n35, 1w31|
|Timezone||GMT h0e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||10°55' 23°43 Asc. 27°19'|
He was the founder of the Abbeyfield Society, the Morpeth Society and the Carr-Gomm Society, UK charities providing care and housing for disadvantaged and lonely people.
He was educated at Stowe School and served in the Royal Berkshire Regiment and the Coldstream Guards from 1939 to 1955. He was amongst the first troops to enter Belsen in April 1945. He was awarded the Croix de guerre in 1944.
Carr-Gomm was deeply affected during the Billy Graham crusade to London in 1954. In 1955 he left the Army and became a volunteer home-help. Perceiving the loneliness of the people whom he was helping to be a particular problem, he spent his Army gratuity on buying a house which he invited some of them to share with him. In his subsequent life he founded a number of charities which run care homes for the elderly, the disadvantaged, and those suffering from loneliness. For this work he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1985, and in 2004 received a Beacon Prize for lifetime achievement.
He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1957 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre.
The Carr-Gomm Society published his autobiography, Push on the Door in 1979. Loneliness: The Wider Scene was published in 1987.
A blue plaque in Gomm Road, Bermondsey, London Borough of Southwark, commemorates Richard Carr-Gomm and the Abbeyfield and Carr-Gomm societies.
He died on 27 October 2008.
Sy Scholfield quotes Richard Carr-Gomm's book, "All Things Considered: An Autobiography: 1922-2004" (2005), p. 14: "I was born at 2 am on the morning of the 2nd January 1922. ... I was born at Mancetter Lodge near Atherstone in Warwickshire."
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