Dr. Gerald Bayley CARTER

CARTER, Gerald Bayley

Service Numbers: Officer, 19092
Enlisted: 2 October 1914, With 1st Bn at Gallipoli including Lone Pine.
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: Australian Medical Team
Born: County Tyrone, Ireland, January 1874
Home Town: Potts Point, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Trinity College 1896
Occupation: Medical practitioner
Died: Died of illness, Repatriation Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia , 3 June 1924
Cemetery: Warragul Cemetery, Victoria, Australia
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World War 1 Service

2 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Major, SN Officer, Australian Medical Team, With 1st Bn at Gallipoli including Lone Pine.
28 Nov 1914: Involvement Major, 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF
28 Nov 1914: Embarked Major, 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF, HMAT Kyarra, Sydney
31 Oct 1917: Involvement Sapper, SN 19092, Field Company Engineers
31 Oct 1917: Embarked Sapper, SN 19092, Field Company Engineers, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
26 Mar 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Captain, Australian Medical Team, Discharged 4/3/1916. Later reenlisted when returned to Australia 17/9/1917

From How They Served

Major Gerald Bayley Carter had been a medical practitioner from Tumbarumba, New South Whales when he applied for an Officer's Commission with the 1st AIF on the 16th of October 1914. Gerald had already served as a medical officer in the British Army which he had retired from in 1911.

Gerald's application was accepted and he was given the rank of Major and allocated to the 2nd Australian General Hospital with which he embarked for Egypt with on the 28th of November. Major Carter arrived on Gallipoli on the 6th of May 1915, and was soon posted to the Auckland Infantry as Regimental Medical Officer with whom he remained with until the 12th of July, before being posted as RMO to the 12th Battalion, 1st AIF on the 13th of July.

Gerald remained with the Battalion until the 26th of November. During the fighting to capture Lone Pine in August, Major Carter had been cited for his bravery under fire whilst attending to the wounded. By the end of November, Major Carter was returned to Egypt suffering from neurasthenia and by the 19th of March 1916 he was on his way back to Australia.

Due to disciplinary reasons, Major Carter was dismissed from the 1st AIF, but re-enlisted on the 12th of July 1917 as a Sapper (19092) and was allocated to reinforcements for the Engineers. Embarking for England for further training on the 31st October 1917. Gerald was taken on strength following his arrival in France with the 14th Field Company Engineers on the 25th of April 1918.

Whilst on leave in England in December 1918, Gerald transferred back to the Australian Army Medical Corps and was appointed as Captain having been exonerated of the earlier disciplinary charges he had faced on his return to Egypt from Gallipoli. By the 11th of February 1919, Gerald was back in Australia and his appointment with the 1st AIF was terminated.

On the 9th of January 1923 Gerald's mental health had broken down, and he was admitted into the 16th Australian General Hospital's Military Mental Asylum, and was classed as suffering melancholia due to his service with the 1st AIF. On the 3rd of June 1924 Gerald died whilst still in the Asylum his death certificate noting that he had suffered from malignant disease (cancer) of the bowel. Following his death, Gerald was laid to rest within Warringal Cemetery, Victoria and his grave was officially commemorated by CWGC.

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From How We Served

Major Gerald Bayley Carter had been a medical practitioner from Tumbarumba, New South Whales when he applied for an Officer's Commission with the 1st AIF on the 16th of October 1914. Gerald had already served as a medical officer in the British Army which he had retired from in 1911.

Gerald's application was accepted and he was given the rank of Major and allocated to the 2nd Australian General Hospital with which he embarked for Egypt with on the 28th of November.

Major Carter arrived on Gallipoli on the 6th of May 1915, and was soon posted to the Auckland Infantry as Regimental Medical Officer with whom he remained with until the 12th of July, before being posted as RMO to the 12th Battalion, 1st AIF on the 13th of July. Gerald remained with the Battalion until the 26th of November. During the fighting to capture Lone Pine in August, Major Carter had been cited for his bravery under fire whilst attending to the wounded.

By the end of November, Major Carter was returned to Egypt suffering from neurasthenia and by the 19th of March 1916 he was on his way back to Australia. Due to disciplinary reasons, Major Carter was dismissed from the 1st AIF, but re-enlisted on the 12th of July 1917 as a Sapper (19092) and was allocated to reinforcemets for the Engineers.

Embarking for England for further training on the 31st October 1917. Gerald was taken on strength following his arrival in France with the 14th Field Company Engineers on the 25th of April 1918. Whilst on leave in England in December 1918, Gerald transferred back to the Australian Army Medical Corps and was appointed as Captain having been exonerated of the earlier disciplinary charges he had faced on his return to Egypt from Gallipoli.

By the 11th of Feburary 1919, Gerald was back in Australia and his appointment with the 1st AIF was terminated. On the 9th of Janurary 1923 Gerald's mental health had broken down, and he was admitted into the 16th Australian General Hospital's Military Mental Asylum, and was classed as suffering melancholia due to his service with the 1st AIF. On the 3rd of June 1924 Gerald died whilst still in the Asylum. Following his death, Gerald was laid to rest within Warringal Cemetery, Victoria and his grave was officially commemorated by CWGC.

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