Saturday, July 23, 2016
Trooper John McDowell Carter
The 3rd name on the memorial stone that stands in Victoriatown is Trooper John McDowell Carter. Born to Alexinia Carter Walsh in Pt. St. Charles 20/Aug/1921, the oldest of seven children. Before enlisting in the Army he was employed by Birks Jewelry where he worked in the office. He was to marry Betty Cowans of St. John’s, NB
John enlisted at Sherbrooke, PQ into The Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment, A.C.A as a gunner. He saw action in the Western European Theater and was Killed In Action in Belgium on 25/10/1944.
He is interred at Bergen Op Zoom Canadian Military Cemetery in the Netherlands.
Most of the soldiers buried at Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery lost their lives in the fighting north of Antwerp during the Battle of the Scheldt, as the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, with support from the 4th Canadian Armoured Division, worked to clear the right (north) bank of the Scheldt estuary of German forces. Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery contains 1,118 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 31 of which are unidentified.
He was awarded posthumously:
CVSM with clasp