Harry George Carter

Date of birth: 1882
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 53468
Rank: Driver
Regiment / Division: Corps of Royal Engineers
Battalion: 66th Field Company
Died: 31st August 1916 aged 34 years
Death location: Salonika


Life before the War
Harry was born in 1882 to Harry (1857 – 1930) and Sarah Ann (nee Tizzard 1860 – 1935).  His parents were married in Southampton on 21st August 1880.

Harry’s 2 siblings were:

Mary Ann Frances (1880 – 1957).  Married Thomas Dyer Mills in Southampton in 1906.

William Charles (1884 – 1919).  William enlisted in the Hampshire Regiment on 10th September 1914.  He was serving in India in May 1916 when he became ill with Pulmonary Tuberculosis and was discharged on 24th August 1917.

On the 1891 census Harry and his family are living at York Lane, Bitterne, Southampton.  His father is a Labourer.

At the time of the 1901 census the family is living at York Drove, Bitterne, Southampton.  Harry’s father is in the same employment and Harry and William are working as Carters for a builder.

The 1911 the census shows that the family address is 3 York Drove, Bitterne, Southampton and now Harry, William and their father are employed as general Labourers.

Military History
Harry served as a Driver in the 66th Field Company of the Corps of Royal Engineers.  This company was formed in August 1914 and joined the 10th (Irish) Division in May 1915.  On 9th July they embarked for Lemnos, Greece.  In September they withdrew from Gallipoli and were sent to Salonika.

In July 1916 the servicemen had to endure temperatures of 114 degrees F which one man described ‘the weather conditions were worse that the enemy itself’ .

On 17th August 1916 a German offensive was launched.

Harry died on 31st August 1916.  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

Harry is buried at Lahana Military Cemetery Greece, Grave reference II. B. 10.  The cemetery is located west of the Village of Lachanas.  It was started in July 1916 and was used for burials from the 27th Casualty Station at Lahana.  There are 279 Commonwealth burials from WW1.

Researcher: Jackie Chandler
Published.: 5th June 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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