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We Remember ... Heroes of the Faith at St. Michael's - Henry Gordon Carter

1889 - 19 August 1915

Henry Gordon Carter was born at the end of 1889 in York, the only son of Edwin and Emily Carter. The family moved to Ealing and then to Chiswick in 1912 and lived at 43 Park Road. Henry played a full part in the life of St Michael’s as a Sidesman and as Superintendent of the Children’s Services. He enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery, which involved 5 months’ training in Yarmouth and Woolwich and then became a Second Lieutenant in the 8th. Northumberland Fusiliers, where he trained in Grantham and Whitby. On July 2 1915, just before being posted overseas, he inspected the Boy Scouts at St. Michael’s. Within a few weeks he had been killed in action at Gallipoli.

The ‘Raphael’ window in our Lady Chapel is in memory of Henry Carter. He and his cousin Firmin Carter are also remembered in a beautiful stained glass window in Kimbolton, Huntington where the commemoration reads ‘Lieutenant Henry Gordon Carter, who fell gloriously fighting against overwhelming odds at Suvla Bay on the 19th August 1915. Aged 25 years.’ His name also appears on the Helles memorial in Turkey.