Service No: G/29927
Date of Death: 20/11/1917
Regiment/Service: Middlesex Regiment 16th Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 9.
Memorial: CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL
Born in 1885 at Woodford, son of Arthur (Jobbing Gardener) and Susan Carter. 1891: With his family at Cottages along Woodford High Road. 1901: A Domestic Gardener still with his family at 10 Maybank Cottages Maybank Road South Woodford. 1911: A Grocers Porter, still with his family at 13, Maybank Cottages, Maybank Road, South Woodford. In 1912 he married Lydia Barrett. Their home in 1916 was at 2, St James’ Terrace, Peel Road South Woodford – later number 17. He enlisted at Warley.
20-11-17 was the first day of the Battle of Cambrai, an attack supported by tanks which aimed to occupy part of the German defensive “Hindenburg Line”. The assault began at 06.20 and ranged over a six mile front, and proved an initial success. However a failure to fully reinforce and consolidate the gains saw them lost later in the month to a strong German counter attack.
Alfred Carter was Killed in Action during the first day of fighting.
Memorial: Roll of Honour: St Mary’s Church.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry.
Qualification: Borough Resident.