Norman Hunter Carter

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Captain (retired) Norman Hunter Carter (25 July, 1877 – 13 November, 1949) was an officer in the Royal Navy. He would distinguish himself in the bombardment of the Belgian Coast, but soon leave the service after the intensity of the work overwhelmed him.

Life & Career

The son of a Major J. C. Carter, Norman Carter gained five months' time on passing out of Britannia. He was appointed to join Royal Arthur in the Pacific in March, 1893. He was invalided from her on 8 August, 1894 with paraplegia. This proved temporary, and Carter was sent to join the Royal Sovereign in the Channel Squadron in late October, 1894, arriving in England on 4 December to take up this assignment.[1]

Carter was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1899.[2]

In late 1903, Carter obtained a second-class certificate after completing the Short Course in gunnery. Two months later, he obtained a first-class certificate after completing the Short Course in torpedoes.[3]

Upon being superseded in command of T.B. 117 by Dashwood Fowler Moir on 15 May, 1909, Carter was appointed to Temeraire, becoming that dreadnought's first lieutenant on 6 January, 1910. Carter was promoted to the rank of Commander on 22 June 1911, and on 27 July left Temeraire to take up an appointment in command of the Tribal Class destroyer Zulu.[4]

Carter was appointed to the battleship Africa as executive officer on 1 August, 1912. On 28 July, 1914 Carter was appointed from Africa to join the War Staff, settling in first with the Mobilisation Division and moving to the Operations Division as Staff Officer, second grade on 31 October, 1914.

Carter was appointed to the monitor Lord Clive in June, 1915, to assume command upon her commissioning. He took her directly into action, bombarding the Belgian coast. On 8 September, 1915 he received a slight wound. This appears to have shaken him, as on the 25th he was temporarily superseded in command of Lord Clive and under evaluation ashore at Deal where he was diagnosed with neurasthenia. He was sent to Deal Infirmary on 9 November, never to return to seagoing command. He was gazetted for his work in bombarding the Belgian Coast in August and September, 1915, gazetted 12 January, 1916.[5]

Carter was placed on the Retired List as medically unfit on 29 August, 1916.[6]

Post-War

Carter was promoted to the rank of Captain on the Retired List on 25 July, 1922.[7]

Carter died of lung cancer in late 1949.[8]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Harry H. Smyth
Captain of H.M.S. Hardy
28 Nov, 1900[9] – 1901[10]
Succeeded by
Robert G. D. Dewar
Preceded by
Cecil D. S. Raikes
Captain of H.M.S. Thrasher
21 Dec, 1903[11][12] – 28 Dec, 1904[13]
Succeeded by
Cecil H. Pilcher
Preceded by
Ernest S. Carey
Captain of H.M.S. Sprightly
28 Dec, 1904[14] – 24 Jan, 1905[15]
Succeeded by
Charles P. R. Coode
Preceded by
Arthur K. Macrorie
Captain of H.M.S. Cynthia
24 Jan, 1905[16] – Apr, 1905[17]
Succeeded by
Reginald St. P. Parry
Preceded by
William G. A. Kennedy
Captain of H.M.S. Lively
Apr, 1905[18] – May, 1905[19]
Succeeded by
John R. Dodington
Preceded by
Cyril P. Ryan
Captain of H.M.S. Panther
May, 1905[20] – 11 Sep, 1906[21]
Succeeded by
Reginald C. L. Owens
Preceded by
John Reep
Captain of H.M.S. Salmon
11 Sep, 1906[22] – 25 May, 1907[23]
Succeeded by
Louis H. Crozier
Preceded by
Henry L. Hitchins
Captain of H.M. T.B. 117
25 May, 1907[24][25] – 15 May, 1909[26]
Succeeded by
Dashwood F. Moir
Preceded by
John E. Cameron
Captain of H.M.S. Zulu
27 Jul, 1911[27][28] – 1 Aug, 1912[29]
Succeeded by
Hugh B. Mulleneux
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Lord Clive
Jul, 1915[30] – 16 Nov, 1915[31]
Succeeded by
George R. B. Blount

Footnotes

  1. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  2. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  3. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  4. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  5. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  6. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  7. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  8. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  9. The Navy List. (March, 1901). p. 262.
  10. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  11. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  12. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 386.
  13. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  14. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  15. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  16. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  17. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  18. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  19. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  20. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  21. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  22. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  23. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  24. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  25. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 399.
  26. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  27. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  28. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 398.
  29. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  30. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 395n.
  31. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.