JAMES EDWARD CARTER, Private, Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, 1st Battalion, number G/3601

James was born in Croydon on 23 August 1878 and was baptised on 23 November at Croydon Parish Church. They moved to Napier Road, South Croydon. Living with them were Louisa Cole and her two children, Charlotte and John. How she came to be living there is not known. A relationship sprang up and James and Louisa married in St Augustine’s Church, South Croydon, on 2 April 1901. They had 5 children and James adopted Louisa’s 2 on an informal basis.

James re-enlisted on 23 November 1914 and went to France with the BEF on 12 May 1915. He deposited an informal will to Louisa, then living at Union Street, Old Town, Croydon. He left her the whole of his property and effects.He was killed in action on 12 October 1915 so his service in France was short. He was buried in Quarry Cemetery, Vermelles, grave A 13. His effects post war amounted to a debit balance on his account of £1 6s.1d. He was granted a War Gratuity of £3 which went to Louisa. His brothers Daniel and George also served but survived.

His medal card shows that his Victory Medal was returned on 12 May 1921 for repolishing. Louisa later married again in 1920.

He attended Brighton Road School and is on the school memorial. He is also on St Augustine’s Church Memorial, South Croydon, and De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour.

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