David William CARTER

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CARTER, David William

Service Number: 202
Enlisted: 3 September 1914, Enlisted at Kensington, NSW
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 1st Infantry Battalion
Born: Goondiwindi, Queensland, Australia, 22 May 1892
Home Town: Goondiwindi, Goondiwindi, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Railway Shunter
Died: Killed in Action, Pozieres, France, 25 July 1916, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Pozières British Cemetery
Plot 111, Row M, Grave 45 Headstone inscription reads: To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Goondiwindi War Memorial, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

3 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 202, Enlisted at Kensington, NSW
18 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 202, 1st Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
18 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 202, 1st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Sydney
25 Apr 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 202, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, Gunshot wound to the chest and evacuated to to Cottonera
7 Nov 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, In the field
2 Feb 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, In the field
25 Jul 1916: Involvement Sergeant, SN 202, 1st Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

Great Sydney Central Station Honour Board

David William CARTER was born at Goondiwindi, Queensland on 22 May 1892, the son of William Samuel and Janet Carter of Goondiwindi. He joined the NSWGR&T on 31 July 1913 as a porter in the Murrurundi District of the Traffic Branch. He was based at Ardglen until 22 November 1913 when he transferred to Narrabri. On 23 February 1914 he was appointed to the position of 3rd class shunter at Narrabri West and on 3 October 1914 he was granted leave to join the AIF.
David’s Attestation Paper shows he joined the AIF on 3 September 1914 with the rank of Private (Service Number 202) and he was posted to the 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry Brigade. He nominated his mother, Janet Carter, as his next of kin.
He embarked for Egypt aboard HMAT A19 ‘Afric’ at Sydney on 18 October 1914.

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Father of Francis J. Smith of Condamine. Trustee was given as Edith G. M. Smith of Condamine

Son of William Samuel and Janet Carter of Goondiwindi, QLD

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal issued to William Samuel Carter

Biography contributed by John Oakes

David William CARTER was born at Goondiwindi, Queensland on 22nd May 1892. He was the son of William Samuel and Janet Carter of Goondiwindi. He joined the NSW Government Railways &Tramways  on 31 July 1913 as a porter in the Murrurundi District of the Traffic Branch. He was based at Ardglen until 22nd November 1913. Then he was transferred to Narrabri. On 23rd February 1914 he was appointed to the position of 3rd class shunter at Narrabri West. On 3rd October 1914 he was granted leave to join the AIF.

David’s Attestation Paper shows he joined the AIF on 3 September 1914 with the rank of Private (Service Number 202) and he was posted to the 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry Brigade. He nominated his mother, Janet Carter, as his next of kin.

He embarked for Egypt aboard HMAT A19 ‘Afric’ at Sydney on 18th October 1914. From Egypt he embarked for Gallipoli on 5th April 1915. Sometime between 25th and 29th April 1915 he suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. This was sufficiently severe to require him to be evacuated to a Military Hospital in Malta where he stayed until 28th May 1915 when he was discharged fit for duty. He rejoined his unit at Gallipoli on 22nd June 1915 and was promoted to Corporal on 7th November 1915.

David returned to Egypt from Gallipoli on 28th December 1915 and remained there until 22nd March 1916. He embarked at Alexandria for France. He was promoted to Sergeant on 2nd February 1916. He reached France on 28th March 1916. Sometime between 22nd and 25th July 1916 he was killed in action at Pozières. His grave is in the Pozières British Cemetery Ovillers-La Boisselle, Pozières, Picardie, France.

David’s military record shows that he had a son, Francis J. Smith of Condamine, Queensland. 

After David’s death Francis was awarded a pension of £1 per fortnight from 16 October 1916. The nominated Trustee was Edith G. M. Smith of Condamine.

- based on the notes for the Great Sydney Central Station Honour Board

 

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