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William CARTER

Regimental number710
Place of birthStroud, Gloucester, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBaker
AddressWest Hay, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 9"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinBrother, George F Carter, West Hay, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed as a trainee in the Militia.
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 7 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
35
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of William Hamilton CARTER. Native of Stroud, Gloucester, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915. Wounded in action, 21 July 1915. Disembarked Malta from HS 'Sicilia', 28 July 1915, and admitted to Auberge de Baviere. Transferred to 'Galeka' for embarkation for England, 25 August 1915; admitted to 2nd London General Hospital, St Mark's College, Chelsea, 3 September 1915. Embarked from Devonport with 22nd Draft, 22 February 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 5 March 1916; rejoined 3rd Bn, Serapeum, 11 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 28 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 22 July 1916 (gun shot wound, nose); admitted to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 24 July 1916. Transferred to England, 26 July 1916; admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, 27 July 1916. Discharged to report to No. 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 9 September 1916. Granted furlough, 21 September 1916; transferred to No. 3 Command Depot, 13 October 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 11 December 1916; rejoined unit, 1 January 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 7 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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