CEF Soldier Detail

Private Harold George Carter
Died: April 20, 1917

Regimental Number:
454482
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
73rd Battalion
Company:
Place of Birth:
Toronto, Ontario
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
George and Milly
Address at Enlistment:
143 Cumberland Street Toronto, Ontario
Date of Birth:
March 26, 1894
Trade or Calling:
Teamster
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
No
Place of Enlistment:
Lindsay, Ontario
Date of Enlistment:
March 10, 1915
Age at enlistment:
21
Height:
5 Feet 6 Inches
Chest:
36 1/2 Inches
Expansion:
2 1/2 Inches
Religion:
Church of England
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Executed
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
April 20, 1917
Age at Death:
23
Buried at:
Villers Station Cemetery, France
Plot:
X. A. 7.
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1544-32
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Research Notes
A. B. Godefroy For Freedom And Honour?
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private Canadian Infantry 73rd Battalion

When on active service, deserting His Majesty's service.

Absent - 5 days

Absent two previous occasions

While on suspended sentence, absented himself.  Tried on 5 April 1917.  Executed 20 April 1917.

Son of George and Milly Carter.

 "Those who go to war at the request of their nation do not know the fate that lies in store for them. This was a war of such overwhelming sound, fury and unrelenting horror that few combatants could remain unaffected," said Minister Duhamel. "While we cannot relive those awful years of a nation at peril in total war, and although the culture of that time is subsequently too distant for us to comprehend fully, we can give these 23 soldiers a dignity that is their due, and provide closure to their families."   (The Honourable Ron J. Duhamel, Minister of Veterans Affairs  11 December 2001) 

The Government of Canada has offered an apology and formally announced its regret for this situation. On December 11, 2001, Veteran Affairs Minister, Dr. Ron Duhamel rose in the House of Commons and with sincerity and passion, read the names of those 23 Canadians into the Parliamentary record and announced their names will be written into Parliament Hill's Book of Remembrance. He was whole-heartedly supported by all of Canada's opposition Parties.