Tom Carter (1922-1943)

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Biography

Tom Carter was born in Huddersfield towards the end of 1922[1], the son of cloth finisher William Henry Carter and his wife Louisa Ann (née Harrison). During the First World War, William had served in the Machine Gun Corps whilst his older brother James had served in the Royal Navy.

At the time of their marriage on 30 August 1919, William and Louisa were living near to each other on Albion Street, Huddersfield. Their first child, Mary, was born on 26 January 1920.

According to newspaper reports of his death, he attended Spring Grove School and was a football captain at the Central Lads' Club.

By the 1930s, the Carter family was living at 118 Leeds Road. Tom attended the nearby Hope Mission and worked for wholesale shoe merchants Whitham & Schofield Ltd. of 11-13 Chancery Lane, Huddersfield. h By the early 1940s, the family appears to have moved a few doors away to 130 Leeds Road.

During the Second World War, Tom served in the Royal Navy and was killed in action aboard the HMS Albrighton[2] in the early hours of 28 April 1943. His body was returned to Huddersfield where he was buried at Edgerton Cemetery alongside his maternal grandparents, Tom and Mary Harrison.

Mary Carter married Walter Binns in 1943. The couple were recorded living at 130 Leeds Road in the 1956 Huddersfield Directory.

William Henry Carter died in 1967, aged 68.

Extracts

Huddersfield Examiner (01/May/1943):

Former Town Footballer's Death.

News has been received by Mr. W. H. Carter, 130, Leeds Road, that his son, A.B. Tom Carter, who was serving in the destroyer Albrighton, which took part in the action off the coast of Britanny on Wednesday, has died as the result of war service.

A.B. Carter, who was twenty years of age, joined the Royal Navy in November, 1941. As a boy he attended Spring Grove Council School and played football with the school team. He was a member of the Central Lads' Club and, at one time, was captain of the football team. He played with the Huddersfield Minor League team which beat Dewsbury in the final four years ago, and then was signed on by Huddersfield Town. He played regularly for the "A" team and, on occasion, had turned out with the first team.

He was formerly a member of Hope Mission, Leeds Road.

A.B. Carter was employed at Messrs. Whittam and Schofield, Chancery Lane, Huddersfield.

Bradford Observer (01/May/1943):

A.B. Tom Carter, aged 20, who was serving with the destroyer Albrighton, which was in action off the coast of Brittany on Wednesday, has died as the result of war service. He was the son of Mr. W. H Carter, of 130, Leeds Road, Huddersfield.

Huddersfield Examiner (08/May/1943):

A.B. Tom Carter, 130, Leeds Road, who has died as the result of war service. Former member of the Central Lads' Club and well-known as a footballer playing with a Huddersfield Minor League team and then with Huddersfield Town. Formerly a member of Hope Mission, Leeds Road.

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Notes and References

  1. Birth of Tom Carter (mother née Harrison) registered locally in Q4 1922.
  2. Wikipedia: HMS Albrighton.