John Carter

John Carter, Private T/2020000, 2/4th Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment (Queen’s). Formerly 9873, East Surrey Regiment.

John, who was born in 1892, was the son of James and Sarah Carter who lived at College Farm, Duxford. At the time of the 1911 Census James was a horseman on the farm and John was a stock-man on the farm, his two brothers were farm labourers, while his younger sister worked as a domestic servant. John was born in Duxford. Later he must have moved away as he is recorded as having lived in Hounslow and to have enlisted there.

He was originally with the East Surrey Regiment, but after the Gallipoli campaign when the 2/4th Battalion of the Royal West Surreys was at only 15% of its full strength, he was posted to them in Palestine. He was killed in action on 27th December 1917, consolidating positions around the outskirts of Jerusalem. The action in which 2 Officers and 33 ‘other ranks’ were killed, centred around the defence of Zamby and White Hill and wall. These positions are about 5 miles east of Bethlehem, overlooking the Jericho Road about 3 miles from Jerusalem.

He is buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery. He was 25 years old.

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