Frederick Carter, Sergeant 49340, 1st Bn. Cheshire Regt.
Died of wounds 22nd August 1918 in France
Frederick Carter was born in Macclesfield in 1887, the son of Emma (nee Davenport) and William Carter, a gimp weaver. In 1891, four-year-old Frederick was living at 15 Catherine St, Macclesfield with his parents and sisters Elizabeth (17), Emma (15), Alice (10), May (8), Gertrude (6) and Ethel (1).
On 29 February 1908, Fred married Ann Gill at St Alban’s Church, Macclesfield. The couple lived at 21 Union St, Macclesfield and had three children: Alice, born 1908, Ernest, born 1911, and Lilian, born 1914.
Fred enlisted in Macclesfield on 4 January 1915, joining the local 7th Cheshire Regiment with service number 3161. He was later transferred to the 1st Cheshire Regiment with service number 49340, and was drafted to France on 30 August 1916. Fred was promoted to Lance-Corporal on 6 July 1917, Acting Sergeant on 29 September 1917, and was confirmed in the rank of Sergeant on 1 November 1917.
Sgt Carter was mentioned in a despatch by General Sir Herbert Plumer on 18 April 1918 for ‘distinguished and gallant service and devotion to duty’ (gazetted on 30 May 1918, issue 30711, page 6333).
It is not known exactly when and where Sgt Carter was wounded by a gunshot wound to the neck, which caused spinal paralysis, but he died of his wounds at No 56 Casualty Clearing Station. At that time, No 56 Casualty Clearing Station (also known as South Midland CCS) was at Gezaincourt, in the region of Somme, France.
The death of Sergeant Frederick Carter was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 6 September 1918:
Mrs Carter, Union Street, Macclesfield, has this week been officially informed that her husband, Sergt Fred Carter, Ches Regt, was killed in France on August 22nd. Sergt Carter, who was 32 years of age, enlisted in the local Territorials just after the outbreak of war. He was later transferred to another battalion of the Cheshire Regt and was drafted out to France a little over two years ago. He fought in many engagements and in one was slightly gassed. On recovery he again went into the line, and was killed on the date stated.
Sergt Carter was educated at Christ Church and Duke Street Schools, and attended Christ Church and Sunday School. Prior to enlistment he was employed at Gorton, Manchester. The deceased soldier was brother to Mrs Braid, wife of Councillor W H Braid, Macclesfield.
Sergeant Frederick Carter is buried at Bagneux British Cemetery, in grave ref. X. B. 3. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Sergeant Frederick Carter, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Census (England & Wales): 1891
WWI British Army Service Records 1914-1920 (Find My Past)
Forces War Records Gazetted Awards and Mentions in Despatches
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects
Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 6 September 1918, 23 September 1921 (Photo Supplement)