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George Carter

Birth

George Carter was born to Thomas and Jemima Carter of 14 School Road, in Wharton, Cheshire in January 1889. He was baptised on February 24, that year.

Early Life

George grew up in Wharton with three brothers and two sisters. His father was a local Blacksmith and his mother Jemima was originally from Dumfries, in Scotland.

Chester College

George attended Chester College and left in 1910. He became a School Teacher.

Military Service

George enlisted in Wolverhampton on September 4, 1914 when he was 24 years old. At the time of his enlistment, he was still teaching. George was assigned to the Royal Field Artillery, 5th Staffs Battery as Gunner 810288 G. Carter. Like many others, George suffered terribly from the effects of gas after his Division was caught in a shelling attack. He was admitted to hospital August 1, 1917, then sent to the War Hospital in Norwich in August 12 for 18 days. He was transferred to Fakenham on August 29 for another 33 days, finally being discharged on October 1, 1917. He was then sent to France with the British Expeditionary Force on April 27, 1918. On May 12, his Unit was sent into the field.

Lest We Forget

George died of wounds received on May 27, 1918. In the early hours of May 27, 4,000 German guns opened fire on a 64 mile stretch of the Allied lines. It was one of the most intensive artillery bombardments of the war, with the Germans firing some two million shells in four hours, beginning the Third Battle of the Aisne.

Post Mortem

George is buried at the Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery, near Ypres, in Belgium. He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals for his service to King and Country. His effects were forwarded to his father, Mr T Carter of 133 Crook Lane, in Winsford Cheshire.