George Alfred's Story.
Son of Alfred and Alice Carter, of “Brynymaen,” Broken Cross, Macclesfield.
First served as Lance Corporal 7094, “D” Coy. 5th Reserve Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers; later transferred to service no 252708 483rd Coy. Labour Corps.
George’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 15 March 1918:
THE ROLL OF HONOUR – LANCE-CORPORAL G CARTER
The death of Lance-Corporal George Carter, Lancs. Fusiliers occurred… at Scarborough on Saturday. Lance-Corporal Carter was the son of Mr and Mrs A Carter, 5 Glegg St, Macclesfield. Mr Carter has been engaged in journalism for many years, and the deceased was also employed in the same office for five years prior to enlistment. Mr Carter received a letter from his son on Friday morning, which had been written on Wednesday, stating that he was in bed with influenza, and on Saturday the commanding officer wired with the sad notification of the Lance-Corporal’s death.
Lance-Corporal Carter, who was 24 years of age, was held in the highest esteem by his colleagues in the profession, and deep sympathy is felt with his parents and the family… Deceased was educated at St George’s School under Mr A Salt, and on leaving entered the office of Mr A E Bradburn, surveyor, King Edward St. He remained there for three years, and then began his training in journalism under his father. Just after the outbreak of the war… [he] was transferred to… Stockport, where he gained considerable experience. He enlisted in August, 1915 in the Manchester Regiment and for some time was engaged in the Orderly Room at Ardwick. Two battalions were later incorporated, and Lance-Corporal Carter was transferred to Oswestry, where he became attached to the Lancashire Fusiliers. His ability in clerical work was recognised, and he was again placed in the Orderly Room Staff. With his new battalion, he changed stations three times, first to Southport, then to Ripon, and finally to Scarborough. A brother, Air-Mechanic E Carter, is serving in the Royal Flying Corps, and is stationed in London. Mr Carter had previously seen a nephew in France, where two other nephews are now serving.
The funeral took place at the Macclesfield Cemetery, with military honours, on Wednesday afternoon [13 March]. Much sympathy was shown, and in the vicinity of the deceased’s residence all the blinds were lowered. A short service was conducted at the house by the Rev E A Hobby. On the breastplate was the following inscription: “Lance-Corporal G A Carter, Lancs Fusiliers, died March 9th 1918, aged 24 years.” There were a large number of sympathising friends at the grave-side, and a volley was fired by a firing party from the Volunteer Regiment, the “Last Post” being sounded by Bugler Parker. The bearers were Corpl S Leary, Lance-Corpl J Baskerville, Pte A Burke and Gunner…
The mourners were… Mr and Mrs Carter (father and mother); Miss Edith Carter (sister), Second Air-Mechanic E Carter (brother), Mr and Mrs G Rhodes, Mr and Mrs T Higginbotham (uncles and aunts), Mrs S Rhodes (aunt), Mrs S Higginbotham (cousin)… Beautiful floral tributes were received from the following: His sorrowing parents; Edith and Ernest; Uncle and Aunt Sidney and Agnes and…; St Georges Street Baptist Chapel Choir; St Georges Street Baptist Men’s Bible Class; Miss Bickerstaffe; Mr and Mrs ….. and family; Elsie; Jennie Bailey, Mrs Bailey and Mrs Thompson; his fellow journalists in Macclesfield.
An announcement of George’s death was placed in the Macclesfield Courier on 16 March 1918:
CARTER – On March 9th, at 2 Albion Villas, Albion Road, Scarborough, George Alfred Carter, aged 24 years.
L/Cpl George Carter is buried in Grave Ref. P. 13467. in Macclesfield Cemetery, Cheshire, England.
In Macclesfield, L/Cpl George Carter is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church and St Georges Street Baptist Church war memorials.
Brother of Air-Mechanic Ernest Carter, who served in the Royal Flying Corps and is believed to have survived the war.