Albert Henry Carter, MC, MM, Dorsets

Almost certainly an Intelligence Officer, still serving in British Army.

1893 Oct/Dec Born Bath seems the most probable man, given that this man joined up in Bath from his MM citation. But I cannot be sure of him in the censuses

1901 census at High Street, Newton St Loe, Village with grandparents

1911 census a Private in 1st Dorsetshire Reg stationed at Alma Barracks Blackdown, Surrey. Born Bath.

1914 2nd Battalion Dorsetshires was in Poona, India. Part of 16th Indian Brigade in Poona Division.

1914 Oct 16. The convoy carrying Indian Expeditionary Force 'D' left Bombay and sailed straight to the head of the Gulf without stopping, and anchored off Bahrain.

1914 Nov 5. Served in Mesopotamia. Battalion landed in Fao, Persian Gulf, for campaign in Mesopotamia, as part of Indian Expeditionary Force 'D'. 600 British troops including some Royal Marines were landed near the old fort at Fao, which they captured. The rest of the Force sailed on to a place where they could safely disembark, at Sanniyeh. Considerable difficulty was encountered as there were no barges, tugs or small boats suitable, and land transport was poor. These were factors that remained throughout the Mesopotamia campaign.

1916 April 29 : Bn captured at Kut-el-Amara. I don't know at what point he transferred to Lancs Fusiliers, whether before or after Kut, one assumes before

1918 Jul 1. The undermentioned to be 2nd Lts. for service in the Field. Dorset. R.—Sjt. Albert Henry Carter, M.M., from Lan. Fus.

1918 Jun 12 MM Gazetted. 40544 Cpl. A. H. Carter, Lan. Fus. (Bath).

1918 Aug 25. 2nd Lt. Albert Henry Carter, M.M., 1st Bn., Dorset. R,. At Herleville on 25th August, 1918, he showed great gallantry and initiative in leading three bombing attacks on the enemy trenches, which he captured, thus advancing our line 200 yards, and causing heavy casualties. He was suffering at the time severely from blisters caused by gas, but continued to command his men with an endurance and devotion to duty that was a splendid example to all under his command. Gazetted 31 Jan 1919

1920 Jan 9. Resigns commission - Temp. 2nd Lts., and retain the rank of 2nd Lt.:— A. H. Carter.

He then appears back in the army on a Special Appointment in the same Group as Tottie, who appears to have been in Intelligence in Dublin

1920 Jul 17. Spec. Appts., Cl. II.—Temp. Lt. R. Tottie, Gen. List (late R.H. Gds., Spec. Res.). 2nd Lt. A. H. Carter, M.C., M.M., Res. of Off.

1920 Nov 20. The undermentioned relinquish their temp, appts.: — Spec. Appts., Cl. II.—2nd Lt. A. H. Carter, M.C., M.M., Res. of Off

1921 Jan 19 Joined ADRIC with service no 1556. Posted N Coy . "Barracks Defence " beside his name, which I suspect was a cover story

1921 Feb 14 . Posted to Depot Coy, Promoted Section Leader

1921 Apr 9. Posted to I Coy

1921 May 7. Posted to R Coy

1921 Jul 19. Permitted to resign on completion of 6 months service.

1921 Nov 16. Rejoined ADRIC. Posted to Depot

1922 Jan 13 Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1924 Dec 28. Reserve of Officers. Dorset. Rt—The undermentioned 2nd Lts. to be Lts., 1st Jan. 1924, with seniority 28th Dec. 1920: — A. H. Carter, M.C., M.M.

1933 Jul/Sep Died Keynsham Somerset aged 39

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