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Robert CARTER

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Surname: CARTER

Forename(s): Robert

Place of Birth: Everton, Lancashire

Service No: 20960

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 22nd (Service) Battalion. (Kensington)

Division: 2nd Division

Age: 19

Date of Death: 1917-02-17

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: HIGH BENTHAM, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: LOW BENTHAM, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Robert Carter (born 5 July 1897) was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Carter, née Nicholson. Thomas was born at Kirkdale and Elizabeth at Liverpool, Lancashire.

1901 Low Bentham, Yorkshire Census: The Terrace - Robert Carter, aged 4 years, born Liverpool, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Carter.

1911 Low Bentham, Yorkshire Census: Oysterber - Robert Carter, aged 13 years, born Everton, Liverpool, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Carter.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Robert Carter, GS/20960, R. Fus.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Robert Carter, GS.20960, 12/R. Fus. 13.4.16 to 26.5.16.; 22/R. Fus. 27.5.16 to 17.2.17. Theatres of war in which served: 1(a) [France and Belgium]. K/A 17.2.17.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Robert Carter, G/20960, 22/S Bn. Royal Fusls. Date and Place of Death: 17.2.17 France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother - Elizabeth. £6 13s. 4d.

Robert was killed in action during an attack on Boom Ravine, near Grandcourt, Somme.

A short biography of Robert is included in: ‘Bentham’s Part in the Great War 1914-18’ by Allan and Marilyn Hartley (2019).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

CARTER, Robert, R.F., Low Bentham, killed in action 1917.

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Private Robert CARTER

Private Robert CARTER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 2nd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 2nd Division

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Surname: CARTER

Forename(s): Robert

Born: Liverpool

Residence: Lower Bentham

Enlisted: Lancaster

Number: 20960

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Battalion: 22nd Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 17/02/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: CARTER

Forename(s): Robert

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 20960

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Fusiliers

Unit: 22nd Bn.

Age: 19

Awards:

Died Date: 17/02/1917

Additional Information: Son of Elizabeth Carter, of Oysterber House, Low Bentham, Lancaster, and the late Thomas Carter.

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The High & Low Bentham men who gave their lives

The High & Low Bentham men who gave their lives

Top row (l-r): Rfn Ernest Knight Newhouse, Pte John Thornber, Reverend Theodore Bayley Hardy, Pte Richard Wilson, Pte Maurice Richard Bolton, Lieut John Barclay Clibborn, Pte William Throup, Pte Richard Wilcock Carr, A/Cpl William Robinson, Pte James Auton, Pte William Savage. Third row (l-r): L/Cpl David Percival Dixon, Pte John Emmott, Pte Francis Richard Townson, Pte John Adamthwaite, Pte Robert Carter, L/Cpl John Hutchinson, Pte Alfred Edward Gunn, Pte Ezra Stephenson, Pte Edwin Rawlinson Smith, Pte Richard Wearing, Lieut Basil William Ramsbotton. Third row (l-r): Spr Robert Clark, Act L/Cpl Thomas Wilcock, Cpl William Carr, Pte Lawrence Lancelot Dowbiggin, Pte Edward Magoolagan, Pte Isaac Rucastle, Pte Henry Taylor, Cpl Edward Ramskill, L/Cpl Edward Walton Briscoe, Pte Joseph Jackson, Gnr Ernest Wilcock. Fourth row (l-r): Capt Donald Morrison, Sgt Arthur Dean Blackburn, Pte James William Bell, Pte Leonard Nelson, L/Cpl John Edward Leeming, L/Cpl Albert Lister, Pte Percy Preston Whitfield, Cpl Tom Harry Smith, Cpl Thomas Walker Sanderson, Sgt William Patrick Tobin, Pte (Signaller) W. Wilkinson.

Courtesy of the artist, David Hartnup

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19 November 1915

LOW BENTHAM'S ROLL OF HONOUR

Low Bentham has responded to the Country's call for men better than the majority of the villages in the district. The framed Roll of Honour at the Bentham Parish Church now contains 65 names, and the following have still to be added:-Mr. Edw. Downham, Mr. Tom Carter, Mr. Robert Carter, Mr. Albert Townley, Mr. Percy Prince and Mr. Albert Brayshaw, making a total of 71, while no fewer than seven of the village young men have been rejected. Two of the village lads, namely Private James W. Bell and Private David Nelson, have been killed in action, and three have been discharged through being unfit for further service.

Amongst the families who are doing their bit is that of the late Mr. Thos. Carter and Mrs. Carter, of Oysterber House, Low Bentham, who are represented by their following four sons:-Pte. John Carter, the eldest son, joined the R.A.M.C. at Leeds on March 13th this year. He was a silk dresser at the Silk Mill, Low Bentham, he having worked there for nearly fourteen years.

Sergeant James Carter, of the 2nd British Columbia Regiment, is the second son. He emigrated in March, 1912, to Arrow Lakes, British Columbia, and on the day that war was declared he enlisted at Victoria, in British Columbia, and after being in training for a few months he came over to England with a contingent, arriving here about the middle of last March. After being stationed at Shorncliffe Camp, near Folkestone, a short time he went out to France with his Company, and about the latter end of May he was wounded. After being invalided home, he returned to Shorncliffe Camp, where he was transferred into the clerical department, and afterwards promoted from the rank of a private to a sergeant.

Pte. Tom Carter and Private Robert Carter, the third and youngest son respectively, both joined the Royal Fusiliers at Lancaster last Saturday, and they left Low Bentham on Wednesday, along with Mr. Albert Townley.

17 December 1915

LOW BENTHAM - Recruiting at Low Bentham

Last week-end four more Low Bentham young men enlisted at Lancaster in the Royal Fusiliers, they being:-Mr. Tom Carter, third son of the late Mr. Thos. Carter, and Mrs. Carter, of Oysterber House, Low Bentham, who has recently been in farm service; Mr. Robert Carter, youngest son of Mrs. Carter of Oysterber House, Low Bentham, a silk dresser, at the Silk Mill, Low Bentham, where he has worked for just over five years; Mr. Percy Prince, only son of Mr. and Mrs. John Prince, of Highfield Terrace, Low Bentham; Mr. Albert Brayshaw, youngest son of Mr. Jas. Brayshaw, and the late Mrs. Brayshaw, of Burton-in-Lonsdale. The two last young men mentioned both served their apprenticeship to painting and plumbing with Mr. Wm. Holmes, of Bentham, by whom they were employed prior to enlisting.

02 March 1917

CARTER - February 18th, 1917, killed in action in France, Pte. Robert Carter, Royal Fusiliers, youngest son of Mrs. Thomas Carter, Oysterber Cottage, Bentham, aged 19 years.

02 March 1917

BENTHAM SOLDIER KILLED

We regret to announce that Pte. Robert Carter, Royal Fusiliers, youngest son of Mrs. Thomas Carter, of Oysterber Cottage, was killed in action on Sunday, 18th February. Deceased, who was only nineteen years of age, enlisted at Lancaster in November 1915, and had been out at the Front eleven months. On Saturday last a field-card was received from him, stating he was quite well. The following extract was sent to his sister on Tuesday morning:

"Just a few lines to let you know about your brother, Robert. He fell by my side whilst in action, two days ago, shot through the head but did not suffer any pain. He must have been killed instantaneously as he did not murmur after he fell. He died a young hero, and we all are very sorry to lose such a good fellow. I was unable to get any of his things from him, as the Germans were counter attacking us and I had to leave him. We received a parcel for him yesterday and we divided it amongst his chums. This is all the information I can give you at present."

The news was received from one of his pals, Pte. H. Tomlins. Much sympathy is extended to Mrs. Carter, who has three sons now serving their King and Country - Pte. John Carter, R.A.M.C. now in France, Sergeant James Carter, Canadians, wounded in France in May 1915, and Corp. Thomas Carter, Royal Fusiliers, wounded in October 1916.

16 March 1917

HIGHER BENTHAM - SOLDIER BOYS HOME ON LEAVE

Pte. John Dowbiggin, who was badly wounded on September 7th last, is on sick leave from the military hospital at the Isle of Wight, for ten days. His brother was reported missing on the 7th inst., and has not been heard of since. He was in the Royal Fusiliers, and a pal of Pte. Robert Carter, who was reported killed two weeks ago...

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19 November 1917

BENTHAM

RECRUITING - Last weekend five Low Benthamers enlisted at Lancaster in the Royal Fusiliers, viz. Mr. Tom Carter and Mr. Robert Carter, third and fourth sons respectively of the late Mr. Thos. Carter and Mrs. Carter of Oysterber House, Low Bentham; Mr. Albert Townley, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Townley of Low Bentham; Mr. Percy Prince, only son of Mr. and Mrs. John Prince of Highfield Terrace, Low Bentham; and Mr. Albert Brayshaw, youngest son of Mr. Jas. Brayshaw and the late Mrs. Brayshaw of Burton-in-Lonsdale.

02 March 1917

BENTHAM - KILLED IN ACTION

Mrs. Carter, of Oysterber House, Low Bentham, has received news that her youngest son, Pte. Robert Carter, of the Royal Fusiliers, had been killed in action at the front. No particulars are at hand. Mrs. Carter has three other sons fighting their country's battles at the front, viz., Pte. Tom Carter, of the Royal Fusiliers; Corpl. John Carter, of the R.A.M.C.; and Sergt. Jas. Carter, who belongs to the Canadian Contingent.

09 March 1917

BENTHAM

A service was held at Low Bentham Parish Church on Sunday evening last in memory of Pte. R. Carter, who was killed in action in France last week. The rector (Rev. Percy Coates) was the preacher.

16 March 1917

BENTHAM - SOLDIER BOYS HOME ON LEAVE

Pte. John Dowbiggin, who was badly wounded on Sept. 7th last, is on sick leave from the military hospital at the Isle of Wight. His brother was reported missing on October 7th and has not been heard of since. He was in the Royal Fusiliers, and was a pal of Pte. Robert Carter, who was reported killed two weeks ago.

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