Beresford Cecil Molyneux Carter

Author: John Bourne
Date published: 06/11/2011
© John Bourne Centre for First World War Studies

Beresford Cecil Molyneux Carter
CB, CMC. GOC Infantry Brigade
Marlborough College, RMC Sandhurst
King's (Liverpool) Regiment

Beresford Cecil Molyneux Carter was the son of Colonel H M Carter CB. He was commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers on 25 March 1891, but transferred to the King's (Liverpool) Regiment in July 1908, following a period of attachment to the Egyptian Army (February 1900-March 1907), which included active service in the Sudan (1905).

Carter was a keen hunter of big-game: he prided himself in his Who's Who entry on his 'fine collection of heads'. But he was also a thinking soldier, who won the Gold Medal of the United Services Institute of India in 1912.

2nd Battalion King's was in India when the European War broke out. Carter was on leave in England and was soon appointed CO 6th (Service) Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, a post he held only until November 1914, when he became CO 1st King's on the Western Front after its CO, Lieutenant-Colonel W S Bannatyne was killed in action. Carter was CO 1st King's until he himself was wounded in March 1915. When he returned to duty it was as GOC 85th Brigade, 28th Division, on 29 September 1915. This formation left the Western Front for Salonika on 23 October 1915. Carter commanded 85th brigade until October 1917.

He commanded 226th Brigade, Home Forces (March-December 1918) before joining the staff of the Military Governor of Cologne (December 1918-November 1919). After a period on half-pay Carter was appointed Commander of the Liverpool Brigade, Western Command (April-June 1920).

His final appointment before his retirement on 11 March 1922 was as Commander South African Military Command.

Sources:Centre for First World War Studies

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