Private 78215 George Carter

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Killed in Action on Saturday, 7th July 1917, age 18.
Buried in Grave I. F. 2. at Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

1st Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt.). 24th Brigade of 8th Division.

Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Wolverhampton, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/142060/

Genealogical Data

Birth of George Carter registered September quarter 1898 in Dudley.

1901 Census
14 Court, 1 House, Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
William Carter (42, Boatman, born Birmingham), his wife Louisa (44, born Washwood Heath), and their 6 children: William (19, Boatman, born Birmingham), Frank (15, Miner – Horse Driver below ground, born Birmingham), Walter (13, Miner – Horse Driver below ground, born Birmingham), May (9, born Tividale), Thomas (7, born Tividale), and George (2, born Tividale).

1911 Census
23 Cleton Street, Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
William Carter (48, Carpenter, born Birmingham), his wife Louisa (50, born Birmingham), and 2 of their 7 surviving children of 8: Thomas (16, Labourer in Iron Foundry, born Dudley), and George (13, School, born Dudley).

Personal Data

George's outstanding army pay and allowances of £2/6/8d (2 pounds, six shillings, and eight pence) was paid to his mother and sole legatee, Louisa, in October 1917. His War Gratuity of £8/10/0d (8 pounds and 10 shillings) was paid to his mother in November 1919; this allows a calculation that George enlisted near to July 1915.

Action resulting in his death

At 11pm on 6th July 1917 the 1st Sherwoods were relieved from the front line by the Royal Irish Rifles, and were billeted in The Esplanade, in Ypres. The War Diary for 7th July records that a carrying party of 300 men was supplied to carry bombs etc. to West Lane, commencing at 9.30pm it was complete within 2 hours, and there were no casualties. This does not give any reason why 4 men of the battalion are recorded by the CWGC as being killed on the 7th July.

The War Diary for the 6th July records that after being relieved by the 1st Royal Irish Rifles, the 1st Sherwoods proceeded to The Esplanade, Ypres - near the Railway Station. It also records that Mr Urquhart was killed at the Menin Gate, as were several soldiers of No. 13 Platoon, D Company.

3 soldiers of the battalion are recorded by CWGC as being killed on 6th July as well as Lt Urquhart, this would seem to be the 'several soldiers' mention above. However these 3 soldiers are buried in Menin Road South, but Urquhart is buried in Vlamertinge New Military Cemetery. Buried alongside Urquhart are 4 further soldiers of the battalion who are recorded as being killed on the 7th July - this includes George Carter.

On balance I would suggest that George Carter is one of the 'several soldiers' killed at the Menin Gate with Lt. Urquhart, almost certainly due to enemy artillery fire.

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