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Charles C Carter, York Street

91 York Street

History of 91 York Street

Charles Carter was born in 1896, son of William Henry and Maria, at the time, living at 134 York Street. His brother, Thomas Daniel Richard was born in 1899.

In 1901 the family were living on Granhams Road, Great Shelford.

At the beginning of WWI Charles was working for Dales. Brewery; he then enlisted in Cambridge into the Devonshire Regiment.

From 19th July 1916 the 1st Battalion were in reserve positions south west of Longueval and then moved into support trenches in Delville Wood.

Charles was killed in action 27th July aged 20. His military record shows his mother living at 91 York Street.

Thomas worked for the Cambridge Daily News. He enlisted in the Bedfordshire Regiment. He was killed in action 27th March 1918.

The father, William, who was in the Suffolk Regiment, and the eldest son, Sapper A Carter, Royal Engineers, both survived the war.

Cambridge Independent Press 10.5.1918:

Mrs Carter of 91 York Street Cambridge has received official intimation that her third son, Pte Thomas Daniel Richard Carter of the Bedfords was posted as missing on March 27th within a week of arrival in France. His chaplain writes: “I am very sorry to say your son, after being in action, was reported missing on the same day as his Colonel was killed. As there were several parties of the Battalion cut off, he might be a prisoner of war.” Pte Carter who was apprenticed to Mr A P Dixon as a printer, was later in the service of the “Cambridge Daily News,” where his willing and cheery nature made him a general favourite, and earned for him the nickname of “Sunny Jim.” He joined up on attaining military age and greatly enjoyed his training. Mrs Carter’s second son Pte C Carter Devonshire Regiment was killed in action on July 27th 1916. Her eldest son Sapper A Carter R.E. has been in France since the war began and her husband Pte Wm Carter Suffolk Regiment has been out since January 1916.

 

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