Jacob Melford Stanley CARTER


CARTER, Jacob Melford Stanley

Service Number: 1826
Enlisted: 23 May 1916, Claremont, Tasmania
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 40th Infantry Battalion
Born: Devonport, Tasmania, 29 December 1892
Home Town: Wilmot, Kentish, Tasmania
Schooling: Devonport State School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, Messines, France, 8 June 1917, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord Pas de Calais
Plot I, Row N, Grave No. 17. His name is located at panel 132 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT., Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kentish Municipality Honour Roll Mural, Sheffield War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

23 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Claremont, Tasmania
8 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1826, 40th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
8 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1826, 40th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Hobart

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Jacob Melford Stanley CARTER was born on 29th December, 1892 in Devonport, Tasmania

His parents were Frederick CARTER and Mary ANDREWS
who lived at Appledore Street, Devonport, Tasmania.
(31/1/1918  had moved to Turton Street, West Devonport, Tasmania)

Noted on enlisting, last lived at Wilmot, Tasmania.

Previous service:  5 years in 6th Light Horse Regiment  - still serving on enlistment


Described on enlisting as 23 years 11 months old; single; 5' 9 1/4" tall; 168 lbs; fair complexion;
brown eyes; light brown hair; Church of England.

19/5/1916           Completed medical - fit for service

23/5/1916           Enlisted

22/7/1916           Commanding Officer appointed Jacob to 2nd reinforcements, 40th Battalion
                           Claremont Camp

8/8/1916             Embarked from Hobart, Tasmania  on board HMAT A70 Ballarat
                           Private in 2nd reinforcements, 40th Infantry Brigade

The 3rd Division was raised in Australia early in 1916. The 40th Battalion was Tasmania’s contribution to the strength of the division and it joined the Victorian-raised 37th, 38th and 39th Battalions to form the 10th Brigade.

30/9/1916           Disembarked into Plymouth, England

22/10/1916         Taken on strength from 10th Training Battalion, Larkhill
                           into 40th Battalion

23/11/1916         Proceeded overseas to France

By December the 40th Battalion was serving in the trenches in France.

30/12/1916          sick to hospital - mumps
                            admitted to 7th General Hospital - St Omar
19/1/1917            Discharged to Base Depot
21/1/1917            rejoined 40th Battalion

20/3/1917            sick to hospital - boil to left knee
                            admitted to 10th Field Ambulance
29/3/1917            rejoined battalion from hospital

The 40th Battalion spent 1917 bogged in bloody trench warfare in Flanders.

In June the battalion took part in the battle of Messines.

7/6/1917              Gun shot wound to left thigh - received in action
                            admitted to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Statioin

8/6/1917              Died of gunshot wounds - received in action

buried in:             Trois Arbres Cemetery, France
                            Plot I, Row N, Grave No. 17.

British War Medal (, Victory Medal (
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  14/11/2014.  Lest we forget.