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John Vernon CARTER

Regimental number2128
Date of birth--/11/1869
Place of birthWoodville, South Australia
AddressDequetteville Terrace, Kent Town, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Vernon Carter, Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town, South Australia
Enlistment date31 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPTE (A/CPL)
Unit name27th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 21 September 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollTrench Mortar Battery

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 2 Div MTM Bty
Promotion date: 8 October 1917


Unit: 2 Div MTM Bty
Promotion date: 8 January 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Westhoek on 23 September 1917.
Recommendation date: 26 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919

Military Medal

'He was in charge of a 6" Newton Trench Mortar emplaced in our front line trench for the purpose of cutting enemy wire about 2000 yards north east of WESTHOEK, 23rd September, 1917. During very heavy shelling, this N.C.O.'s gun was completely buried, most of the detachment killed and several buried. Seargeant CARTER rescued the buried men and, finding his gun was out of actiion, organised a party and carried his ammunition under heavy fire to the next gunpit. He behaved with great gallantry and remarkable coolness under heavy fire and set a most excellent example to his detachment during the whole of this operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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