Biography

Birth date: 24 March 1885
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, St Leonards
Death date: 11 July 1963
Death place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • 5th Australian Pioneer Battalion
  • 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 53rd Australian Infantry Battalion

Herbert Gordon Carter was born at Sydney, New South Wales, on 24 March 1885 to parents Herbert and Antoinette Carter. An electrical engineer by trade, he enlisted on 3 September 1914 at the age of 29. Enlisting with the 1st Infantry Battalion, Carter was appointed the rank of lieutenant. On 18 October 1914 he embarked from Sydney on HMAT Afric. His brother, Captain Robert Burnside Carter, also served during the First World War with the British Army.

Serving at Gallipoli in 1915, he was promoted to the rank of captain and then major that same year. In 1916 he was transferred to the 53rd Infantry Battalion and later the 5th Pioneer Battalion. In August 1916, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and took over command of the 5th Pioneer Battalion for the remainder of the First World War.

On 31 January 1917, Carter married Lydia Kate King from Orange, New South Wales, who was then working with the 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Southall, England. Carter received a mentioned in despatches three times and he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in January 1918. Herbert Carter returned to Australia on 5 April 1919.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 18 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 5th Australian Pioneer Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 5th Australian Pioneer Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 5th Australian Pioneer Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 5th Australian Pioneer Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 5th Australian Pioneer Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 5th Australian Pioneer Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 5th Australian Pioneer Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Photograph

C01932

Informal portrait of three officers in a gully in the Gallipoli Peninsula. Identified left to right: Captain Clarence Jackson; Captain Herbert Gordon Carter; Lieutenant Frederick Usher John Tinkler.

C01932

P07973.016

Informal outdoor portrait of four 1st Battalion officers. Identified left to right; Lieutenant (Lt) Royston Kennilworth Sydney May; Lt Herbert Gordon Carter; Captain Albert John Joseph George McGuire and Lt Philip Llewellyn Howell-Price. Lt May suffered gunshot wounds at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915....

P07973.016

A04017

Informal group portrait of officers of the 1st Battalion at Anzac. Identified in the back row, from left to right, seated (partially obscured) is Captain (Capt) Harold Jacobs from Berry, NSW; standing are Capt Frederick John Robins from Sydney, NSW; and Capt William Davidson from Oatley, NSW who...

A04017

Private Record

Carter, Herbert Gordon, DSO (Lieutenant Colonel, b.1885 - d.1963)

Collection relating to service of Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Gordon Carter DSO, 5 Pioneer Battalion, Egypt, Gallipoli and France, 1914-1919. Collection includes extracts from letters sent by Carter to family in Australia. Copies made by H. J. Carter, father of Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Gordon... Maker: Carter, Herbert Gordon

1DRL/0192 (With records)

Carter, Herbert Gordon, DSO (Lieutenant Colonel, b.1885 - d.1963)

Collection relating to Lt Col Herbert G Carter, DSO, 1 Battalion, WW1. Collections consists of diaries for 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918 and 1919. The diaries cover his embarkation, service in Egypt, Gallipoli and France. Collection also contains two notebooks, one covering administrative... Maker: Carter, Herbert Gordon

3DRL/6418

Carter, Robert Burnside, MC (Captain, b.? - d.1962)

Collection relating to service of Captain Robert Burnside Carter MC, 123 Brigade Royal Field Artillery, England and France, 1915-1918. Collection includes extracts and copies of letters written home to family in Sydney, Australia. Copies made 1930 by H. G. Carter, father of Captain Robert... Maker: Carter, Robert Burnside

1DRL/0193 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Extracts from letters by Herbert Gordon Carter sent to his Parents, 1914-1919

Handwritten extracts from letters relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Gordon Carter DSO, 5th Australian Pioneer Battalion. The original letters were sent by Herbert Carter to his Parents in Australia between 14 October 1914 and 22 May 1919. In these extracts,...

RCDIG0000220

Timeline

Date of birth 1885-03-24
Date of embarkation 1914-10-18
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-09-25
Date of recommendation honour or award 1919-01-31
Date of death 1963-07-11