Quarter Peal for Private William J Carter
St Mary's Church, Thornbury
Bell ringers around the country are planning to ring a quarter peal as part of the Armistice 100 years celebration. Our bells at St Mary’s will be rung in memory of a former ringer and choir boy of St Mary's who died on 10 November 1918; see below for information about him.
This peal will take place during the morning of Saturday 10th November, anniversary of his death, probably starting about 10.30am.
Private William J Carter
99472, 33rd Bn., Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
William John Carter - the 1911 census shows him living with his parents (father Rowland Carter was a postman).
He was working as an apprentice saddler and harness maker. In October 1916 he applied for exemption from military service. He was working as a bread delivery man for A E Thompsons, the bakers. The application suggested he had already been rejected on medical grounds; his application was refused, although it was noted that he should not be called up until 30th December 1916. In 1917 he married Ruby E. Brindle in the Cirencester registration area. His service record shows he had started with the Gloucestershire Regiment, but was with the 33rd Battalion Machine Gun Corps when aged 26 he died of wounds on 10th November 1918, the day before the armistice was signed.
He was buried at Caudry Cemetery near Cambrai.
His widow was next of kin and recorded as “of Park Lodge, Fairford, Glos”.
Thornbury Parish Magazine December 1918 said “It is with great regret and deep sympathy with his wife and parents that we record the death of another former choir boy. He was killed in France only two days before the signing of the armistice”. (Actually killed on the 10th).
A newspaper report said “KILLED ON THE DAY BEFORE THE ARMISTICE. PTE W CARTER OF THORNBURY. Residents of Thornbury will sympathise with Mr and Mrs RWH Carter, of Poultrybrook, who received news that their eldest son, Pte William Carter, had been killed in action the day before the armistice was signed.”
With thanks to Thornbury Museum.