Delville Wood, Distinguished Service Order, Express & Star, France, Lichfield, London Gazette, Middlesex Regiment, Military Cross, Russian Order of St Stanislaus, South Africa, South Staffordshire Regiment, Whittington Barracks, William Carter, Wolverhampton Borough Council
William was born in Wolverhampton in 1879, the son of William J. and Annie Carter. In 1899, he enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment, serving in the South African War and becoming a Lieutenant Colonel. He appeared at Whittington Barracks, Lichfield, in the 1911 census.
In August 1914, as a signal sergeant, he went with his unit to France. By 11 September 1916, the Express & Star were speaking of his repeated acts of bravery. He had been awarded the Military Cross on 23 December 1915, and the newspaper quoted the supplement to the London Gazette which stated:
Hardly a week passes without his name being brought to notice for some act of devotion and gallantry. Lately he carried out most gallant rescue work under fire after a night raid…Nothing affects his courage and nerve.”
By that date, he had become a Major in the Middlesex Regiment. He was in the newspaper again on 4 January 1917, having been awarded the Distinguished Service Order, and a bar to his Military Cross, in connection with Delville Wood in July 1916, when he had been slightly wounded. According to J. C. J. Elson’s Honours & Awards: The South Staffordshire Regiment 1914 – 1918, in the course of his service he also received the Russian Order of St Stanislaus and an engraved silver sword from the Borough of Wolverhampton.
I have not been able to confirm further details of his life, other than the fact that he died in Wolverhampton in 1951 at the age of 72.