Corporal Vincent Carter

Unit/Regiment Somerset Light Infantry
Battalion 1st Service Number 9808
Theatre of War first served in (1) France Date of entry therein 17/02/1915
Age at Death 24 Date of Death 03/05/1915
Burial/Memorial Reference Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Panel 21.
CWGC Family Details  
Family & Census Details The 1901 census shows Vincent Carter to be one of seven boys born to William Probert Carter and Mercy Carter (nee Maggs). They were living in Paulton in North Somerset at the time.The boys were William (13), David (12), Vincent (10), Herbert (7), Oliver, (5), Albert (3) and Charles (1). William was working at a coal hewer and their eldest son, also William, was working at the colliery as a carter (underground) at the age of 13. They were living in Paulton in North Somerset at the time. William was working at a coal hewer and their eldest son, also William, was working at the colliery as a carter (underground) at the age of 13.

By 1911 William and Mercy were living in The Batch, Paulton, Bristol and had added a further two sons, Edward and Tom to their family. Four of their sons who were still living with them were also employed in the coal mines. By this time Vincent had moved from the family home and was living as a boarder with this eldest brother William and his brother’s wife Jane in Alex Terrace, Paulton.

It is difficult to know for sure but we must assume that Victor moved to Newbridge at some time after the 1911 Census to work in the Celynen collieries as he commemorated on both the Newbridge memorial and the Celynen Collieries Roll of Honour. Vincent was the first of two losses suffered by the Carters – his death was to be followed by that of Herbert who died on 8th October 1918.
SDGW – Where Born Poulton, Somerset
Enlisted Taunton Resided Paulton, Somerset
How Died Killed in action Theatre of War Western European Theatre
Medal Entitlement 1914-15 Star

British War Medal

Victory Medal
Notes Commemorated on the Celynen Collieries Roll of Honour

Listed as a Private on CWGC and Soldiers Died in the Great War but medal card suggests that the held the the ranks of Lance Corporal and then Corporal
Images Vincent Carter - Photo from "In the Company of Heroes" W. Banning
Vincent Carter - "In the Company of Heroes" W. Banning
CWGC Memorial - Menin Gate Memorial
CWGC Memorial - Menin Gate Memorial Panel
Newbridge War Memorial - Civic commemoration
Celynen Collieries - Workplace commemoration
Medal Card - WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
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