Herbert Augustine Carter (26/05/1874 – 13/01/1916) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Third Somaliland Expedition in 1903.
The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 27742, Page: 8449, reads:
“No. 6 Company, Indian Mounted Infantry, Lieutenant Herbert Augustine Carter, Indian Army
On 19 December 1903 during a reconnaissance at Jidballi, British Somaliland, when two sections were retiring before a force of Dervishes who outnumbered them by thirty to one, Lieutenant Carter rode back alone, a distance of 400 yards, to the assistance of an Indian private who had lost his horse and was closely pursued by a number of the enemy. The man was so badly wounded that it took three attempts to get him on to the horse.
In a later incident he saved another soldier by shooting a lion with his last cartridge. In the Great War having been promoted Major he arrived at Mombasa already ill with fever and then marched inland through barren country in intense heat but died from heat exhaustion in Mwelo Mdogo, British East Africa before the unit was able to engage the enemy forces.”
He is buried in St Erth Churchyard, Cornwall.
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