Albert Carter

Albert Victor, was the 3rd son of Mrs William Carter, Broomhill, and brother to Leonard. He arrived in France as a Lance Corporal of the 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment on November 5th 1914.

Promoted to Sergeant, he worte a letter to his Mother that was published in the Thetford & Watton Times on May 29 1915:

I am sure you must feel proud of your sons when you think of them all fighting for the rights of their people and country, and although it will cause lamentable losses amongst those we love so dear, we must be of good cheer, and look upon everything that happens as being for the best. I received a letter from [brother] Jack to say he was having another try for the army, and I hope has has been successful this time, as although he may not be able to come out here, his services will be quite useful at home. I have not run across anyone I know yet, but am keeping a good look-out and am looking forward to seeing both Harry [Private Carter of the Canadians] and Ted [Private E Carter] in the near future. We are having some pretty stiff fighting at present, and I don't think it will be long before the Germans are sorry they started this game. According to the tricks they have been getting up to just lately, it is about time they were crushed once and for all. Do not worry as to my safety, as I am still on the same job and do not get into the danger zone. You seem anxious that this war should finish early. Well for my part I only hope they will keep at it until our enemies are completely crushed once and for all. It is far better that we fight to a finish now, than stop half way and then have to start over again in a year or two's time. We are getting some splendid weather here at present, and the country is looking simply grand, and it seems hard at times to realize that fighting is going on so near at hand.

Albert was killed in action on 1st July 1916. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, and on the war memorials in both Weeting and Brandon

Victory Medal

British War Medal

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