CARTER Harvey Gerald Carminow
Regiment : C Company 8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : H0
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 8th October 1918 aged 22
Buried : Hargicourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France, Grave C. 14.
Birthplace : Northfield, Worcestershire
Relatives : Son of William Fowler Carter and Ellen Winifred Carter, of Maidsmere, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
Memorial : Aston Fields War Memorial
Also appears on : Bromsgrove School WW1 Memorial with the information: M.C. Capt.
Additional information on the memorial: (Captn.)
Educated at King Edward’s School, Bromsgrove.
Awarded Military Cross (M.C.)
Harvey Carter was born in 1895 and he attended Bromsgrove School from 1908 to 1914, first attending as a day boy and later entering School House. He was a School Monitor and Captain of the school cricket team during the last summer term before war broke out, both positions being undertaken from a sense of duty as being of a retiring disposition, he hated prominence. It was this same sense of duty that led him to take a commission in the Worcestershire Regiment as soon as possible after the outbreak of war. He arrived in France in the Spring of 1915 but was severely wounded shortly afterwards. Once recovered from his wounds back in England, he returned to the front the following Spring and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in April 1916. In May 1916 he was again severely wounded in an action that gained him the Military Cross:
‘For conspicuous devotion to duty. While with his orderly visiting posts in the front line he saw a body of the enemy approaching and instantly fired his revolver at them. They replied with bombs, and wounded both him and his orderly severely. But he dragged himself to the posts on his right and left, and ordered rapid fire, which drove off the enemy. He then collapsed from pain and loss of blood.’
Once again recovery from his wounds took many months and it was Spring 1917 before he again returned to France. At some point he was transferred with other units to Italy where he enjoyed the beauty of his surroundings and devoted himself to the well-being of his men. Returning to France, he was killed instantaneously by a shell when in his tent.
Source for additional information: Bromsgrove School at War 1914-19 by Philip Bowen.