|1. Book:||The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918||Pg.118|
|2. Memorial:||Thiepval Memorial, Picardie|
|3. Memorial:||The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour||39B GQS|
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Early Life :Born in Sandycroft, 1879.
He married Agnes Ferguson at St. Mark’s Church, Connah’s Quay, on the 14th September 1909. The 1911 census records Henry Charles Carter 31 and Agnes 33, his wife living at 48 Church Street, Connah’s Quay.
- The First World War 1914-1918, World-wide.
|Unit / Ship / Est.: 16th Battalion The Kings Royal Rifle Corps|
16th (Service) Battalion (Church Lads Brigade) Formed at Denham, Bucks., on 19 September 1914 by Field-Marshal Lord Grenfell, Commandant of the Church Lads Brigade, from current and previous members of that organisation. Moved in March 1915 to Rayleigh but retuend to Denham in May. June 1915 : moved to Clipstone Camp and attached to 100th Brigade in 33rd Division. Moved on to Perham Down in August 1915. 17 November 1915 : landed at Le Havre.
|Action : The Battles of the Somme 1916|
The Battle of the Somme 1st July - 18th November 1916 is inevitably characterised by the appalling casualties (60,000) on the first day, July 1st 1916. Having failed to break through the German lines in force, and also failed to maximise opportunities where success was achieved, the battle became a series of attritional assaults on well defended defence in depth. The battle continued officially until 18th November 1916 costing almost 500,000 British casualties. German casualties were about the same, and French about 200,000. The Somme could not be counted a success in terms of ground gained or the cost, but it had a strategic impact as it marked the start of the decline of the German Army. Never again would it be as effective whilst the British Army, learning from its experience eventually grew stronger to become a war winning army. The German High Command recognised that it could never again fight another Somme, a view that advanced the decision to invoke unrestricted submarine warfare in an attempt to starve Britain of food and material, and in doing so accelerated the United States declaration of war thus guaranteeing the eventual outcome. 287 Brethren were killed on the Somme in 1916.
For a detailed biography see Flintshire War Memorials.
The COUNTY HERALD on the 10th September 1915 reports the contents of a letter from Corporal H. Carter: "SEALAND - Lance-Corporal H. Carter, Garden City, promoted in the trenches for good work on the nights of August 10th and 11th, writes from St. Andrew’s Military Hospital, Malta, to Mr. & Mrs. Woolley, 51, High Street, Higham Ferrers, with whom he was friendly; –
“Just a line to let you know that we are still in the land of the living. Thank God for that, after what we have gone through. We went straight to the Dardanelles from Higham, and we had it rough as soon as w e landed which we did on Sunday August 8th. As soon as we landed they poured shrapnel into us, and we had casualties at once. Well, our hearts were in our mouths but we pulled ourselves together and formed up as soon as possible, but we felt a bit queer at first. We soon got used to them flying around us, and we made the best of it, but they made it too hot for us to stay there, so we had to move at once. We found the shelter of a small hill, where we rested and fed that day and night. We moved off at 3 a.m. on Monday and go as supports to the firing line. We marched just the same as Higham until the Turks spotted us, and then the fun began. We had orders to extend, which we did with all speed, and from there we had to advance four or five miles facing a murdering fire. We advanced in rushes, but our chaps were getting mowed down, but we reached the trenches about 6 p.m. You would have thought they would have given us a rest then, but from when we started to advance till Tuesday night we never had a minute’s rest. Never mind, we pulled through, and we rested the best we could for a full day. Then on Thursday we got the order to advance, which we did with a vengeance. The Turks ran like rabbits, shouting “Allah, Allah!” but we gave them Allah – about a foot of cold steel!.”
Probate CARTER, Henry Charles of 35 Dee View-road, Connah’s Quay, Flintshire a Private in the 16th Regiment King’s Royal Rifle Corps (No. C331) died on or since 15th July 1916 in France on active Military service. Probate St. Asaph 20 November to Agnes Carter widow, John Peers Carter and Hugh Jones Ferguson shipbrokers. Effects £647. 15s.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||St Mark's No. 2423 E.C.||North Wales|
4th October 1906
6th December 1906
3rd January 1907
Lodge records at the United Grand Lodge of England show his War Service from 1914 and "Missing (reported)" in the 1917 column.
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