Ronald Percy Victor Carpenter

Date of birth:                    3rd quarter 1896
Place of birth:                   Liss, Hampshire
Rank:                                    2nd Lieutenant
Regiment / Division:     Machine Gun Corps
Battalion:                            57th Machine Gun Company
Died:                                     6th September 1918 aged 22 years
Death Location:               France

Before the War
Ronald was born in 1896 to William Gedney (1867 -1929) and Bessie Brewer Carpenter (nee Kent 1866 – 1940). His parents were married in 1891 at Stoke Damerel.

Ronald’s siblings were:
Leslie Gordon Kent (1892 -1952)
Gerald Louis Sidney (1895 – 1972)
Gwenifred Olive Kathleen (1898 – 1928)
Hector Donald Stewart (1901)
George Elijah William (1907)

On 1901 Census Ronald’s address is Station Road, West Liss and he is living with his parents, brothers Leslie and Gerald and his sister Gwenifred.

On 1911 Census Ronald is a student living at Pirseverance Works, Station Road, West Liss.  He is living here with his parents, brothers Gerald, Hector and George and sister Gwenifred.  All the children are students. Ronald’s father William was a General Builder and mineral water manufacturer.

Military History
The 57th Machine Gun Company joined the 19th (Western) Division on 14th February 1916. Ronald was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Machine Gun Corps and first went to France on 16th February 1917.

He was killed in action on 6th September 1918 and at this time the 19th Division was involved in the advance in Flanders which took place between 18th August and 6th September 1918.

Ronald was awarded the Victory medal and the British war medal. On his medal card it states ‘W G Carpenter applies for late son’s medals 20/2/22’

Ronald is buried in Sun Quarry Cemetery, Cherisy, France. Reference no. B.A. E. 20.  The cemetery is south east of the village, which until August 1918 was in German hands. There are 191 WW1 burials here and most died between 26th August and 28th September 1918.

There was Probate dated 21st July 1919. ‘Ronald Percy Victor of Excelsior House, East Liss, Lieutenant M.G.C. died 6 September 1918 in France on active service.  Administration to William Gedney Carpenter – Contractor.  Effects £153 0s 8d’.

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