Tipton

Remembers

Private M/345095 Joseph Carter


Died Home on Saturday, 19th October 1918, age 31.
Buried in Grave C. "C." 105. at Tipton Cemetery, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

Army Service Corps, 1040th M.T. Company.
Formerly 9072 2nd Worcestershire Regiment.

Son of John James Carter; husband of S. M. Jukes (formerly Carter), of 5, Wades Passage, High St., Tipton. Born at Tipton
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 12th August 1914 with the 2nd Worcesters, and then post 31st December 1915 with the Army Service Corps.
Medal entitlement: 1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal with the Worcesters. British War Medal, Victory Medal with the Army Service Corps.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/395339/


Genealogical Data

1891 Census
27 Bell Street, Tipton, Staffs.
John Carter (65, Anchor Smith, born Poplar, London), his wife Mary (48, born Newport, Mon), and their 4 children: John (28, Anchor Smith, born Tipton), George (15, Scholar, born Tipton), John (6, Scholar, born Tipton), and Joseph (4, Scholar, born Tipton).

1901 Census
21 Chaters Passage, Tipton, Staffs.
John Carter (36, Anchor Smith, born Poplar, London), and his 2 brothers: John (16, Shop Lad for Anchor Smith, born Tipton), and Joseph (14, Moulder, born Tipton).

1911 Census
No trace of Joseph, possibly he was serving with the army.

Marriage of Joseph Carter and Sema M. Share registered in March quarter 1913 at Dudley. They had 2 children: Irene M. born in 1914 and Mary born in 1918.


Personal Data

According to reports in the Tipton Herald, Joseph Carter has been a regular soldier at the outbreak of war, an 'Old Contemptible', but had been discharged with wounds in July 1916, but had subsequently re-enlisted with the Army Service Corps.

Joseph's entry on the Silver War Badge Roll (a badge given when discharged from the army due to wounds or illness), shows that he had enlisted with the Worcesters on 3rd February 1905 with army number 9072. He had been discharged due to sickness on 29th July 1916. His Medal Index Card for his service with the Worcesters showed that he had landed in France on 12th August 1914, that he had been discharged, and that he was entitled to the 'trio' of 1914 Star, Victory Medal and British War Medal. A second Medal Index Card for his service with the Army Service Corps shows that he was entitled to the 'pair' of Victory Medal and British War Medal. It therefore appears that he, or his next of kin, may have received two sets of medals.

Due to Joseph having two distinct periods of service, he also has two entries in the Soldier's Effects register which shows the distribution of money after death. The first record shows that his outstanding pay and allowances amounted to £9/19/4d (9 pounds, 19 shillings and 4 pence), this was paid to his widow "Scemmer May" (actually Sema May), in May 1919. His War Gratuity of £3/10/0 (3 pounds and 10 shillings) was paid to his widow in December 1919. The second record shows that Joseph had actually been over-paid by £3/18/8d (3 pounds, 18 shillings and 8 pence). His War Gratuity was £19/0/0 (19 pounds exactly) which was reduced by the over-payment, and £15/1/4d (15 pounds, 1 shilling and 4 pence) was paid to his widow in August 1920.


Action resulting in his death

The Tipton Herald reported that Joseph Carter had re-enlisted after discharge, and joined the Army Service Corps. Whilst serving in Egypt, he contracted an unnamed disease which led to his death. Joseph died in 5th Southern General Hospital in Portsmouth, and he was buried with military honours in Tipton Cemetery.


Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald October 26th 1918
MILITARY FUNERAL AT TIPTON
An interesting funeral will take place in Tipton this Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The deceased, Pte J Carter, late of the 2nd Worcesters, was one of the "Old Contemptibles", and was a Mons hero. He was discharged with wounds in July 1916, but again volunteered his services later in the year, and was sent to Egypt where he contracted a disease which led to his death. Private J Carter comes from a military family, every available member having seen service, his uncle, Mr Levi Jones, being one of the old-time serving men, and was at the relief of Khartoum. The firing party will be furnished by the discharged old soldiers from the patriotic play "Under the Flag" which is coming next week to the Opera House, Dudley, under the auspices of the National Foundation of Discharged and Demobilised Sailors and Soldiers. The gun carriage and horses will be sent from the Dudley headquarters of the Federation, and deputations will attend from all outside branches.

Tipton Herald November 2nd 1918.
MILITARY FUNERAL
The funeral of the late Private J Carter, late of the 2nd Worcesters, who was one of the "Old Contemptables" and a Mons hero, took place on Saturday afternoon. He died at home at his residence in High Street from illness contracted in Egypt. The gun carriage and horses were sent from the Dudley headquarters of the Discharged Soldiers Federation. The band of the Federation also attended in full strength, and the high quality of the music played by them on the return from the Cemetery to Tipton, was much commented upon. Among the wreaths received were beautiful floral tokens of sympathy from Father and Mother, Loving Wife and Children, Tipton Comrades, Mrs Dicken, Aunt Edith and Uncle Harry, Brother and Sister-in-law, Clara and George (Summerhill), Emily Annie and Frank, Mr and Mrs Roberts, Mr T Roderick and customers.