China Consular Service
Charles Carroll was
the Acting Consul for Taiwan [臺灣] from November 1866 to December 1867,
and spent much of his time living at Ch’i-hou [旗後], on the south side of
the Takow [打狗] lagoon, in the old MacPhail building, which had been
leased by the British government. Carroll was acting Consul at the time
of the wreck of the American barque Rover, under Captain Hunt, in
March 1867 on some rocks off the south-east coast shore of Taiwan. The
captain, his wife and all of the crew except for one Chinese sailor were
slaughtered by the local aborigines. When the news reached Takow,
Carroll accompanied Commander George Doherty Broad of H.M.S.
Cormorant down to the South Cape, or O-luan-pi [鵝鑾鼻], to
investigate. The landing party, which included the intrepid Carroll, was
met by a volley of musketry and a shower of arrows: one seaman was
wounded and the ship’s boat beat a hasty retreat. Nothing daunted, when
the American frigate Hartford and corvette Wyoming came
down from Japan in June 1867 under Rear Admiral Henry Haywood Bell to
avenge these murders, Acting Consul Carroll accompanied the Americans.
Again in one of the landing parties, Carroll found himself in an ambush
and narrowly escaped death, a fate which befell the leader of his party,
Lieutenant Commander Alexander Slidell Mackenzie. Mackenzie’s body was
brought back to Takow and buried in the grounds of the British Consulate
at Ch’i-hou, there being no foreign cemetery at that time: the remains
were later removed by the Americans who managed to lose them upon
arrival back in the United States. Charles Carroll succeeded Thomas
Watters and was replaced by Thomas Adkins.
According to the 1911 England Census, Charles Carroll and Eleanor Rampling Neale Carroll née Ward had five children that were born alive. In 1911 only three were still living and two had died; of the three it was only possible to trace two: Francis Radcliffe Carroll; and Eleanor Florence Carroll.
Francis Radcliffe Carroll was educated at Bedford Grammar School and entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1894, obtaining a B.A. in 1897. After becoming an M.R.C.S., and L.R.C.P. (London) in 1901, he became House Physician at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, until 1903, when he became House Surgeon at the Metropolitan Hospital until 1904. On 6 November 1909 Francis Radcliffe Carroll, a Physician and Surgeon at Caterham, Surrey, married Dorothy Lawson Whale, the daughter of George Whale, a Solicitor, and Matilda Mary Ann Lawson, at St John’s Church, Blackheath, Greenwich, London. For many years he was general practice as Carroll, Hill and Avery in Caterham. Francis Radcliffe Carroll of The Corner, Whyteleafe Road, Caterham, Surrey, died aged 71 on 19 April 1947 at Caterham and District Hospital, Croydon Road, Caterham. His widow, Dorothy Lawson Carroll of The Corner, Caterham, Surrey, died aged 85 on 14 October 1964 at The General Hospital, Redhill, Surrey.
Eleanor Florence Carroll married Guy Sully Owen, a Lieutenant in the
Royal Naval Reserve, the younger son of Arthur Owen, the Principal Clerk
at Trinity House, and Mary Webber, in 1914 at Bedford. Guy Sully Owen of
The Anchorage, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe, Sussex, died aged 83 on 18
January 1962 at 61 St Georges Square, Westminster. Eleanor Florence Owen
died aged 90 in 1967 at Hounslow, Greater London.