Major H A Carter VC

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Reference WMO/298794


Church of St Erth

The Green Lane

St Erth

TR27 5HL


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Other Fabric
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Replica of Victoria Cross mounted on a red material backboard with printed inscription underneath, all behind glass, dark wooden frame. The principal purpose of this memorial is to commemorate the award of the VC to Lt Carter in 1898 in the Sudan. However, it also refers to his death, as Major Carter, in WW1 so may be regarded as a war memorial. There is another memorial in the church referring to his fate in WW1.
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Major HA Carter, VC/on December 19th, 1903, when serving with No. 6 Company/of the Indian Mounted Infantry, Indian Army, Lt. HA/Carter displayed conspicuous bravery near Jid Balli/in the Sudan when two sections of the Puna Mounted/Infantry and Tribal Horse were retiring before a force/of Dervish which outnumbered them 30 to 1. Lt. Carter rode back a distance of 400 yards to rescue Private/ Jai Singh who had lost his horse and was closely pursued/by a number of the enemy. Taking the Sepoy on to his/horse Lt. Carter brought him safely out of the area./Lt. Carter was awarded the Victoria Cross for this action./ Later promoted, Major Carter died in active service/in East Africa during the First World War. His widow/travelled to East Africa and returned with her husband's/body for burial in St. Erth where many of the Carter family are buried./This replica of the Victoria Cross was provided by the/ parish of St. Erth as a memorial to a brave man.

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