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CARTER, Albert Percy (1876-1948)

Perc Carter.

Perc Carter.

CARTER, Albert Percy ‘Perc’ (1876-1948)

Percy Albert Carter, school carpenter, came to the College from J C Taylor & Sons in 1926. ‘' 'His monument, wrought by his own hands, is to be seen all over the school, an inspiring example of craftsmanship and service which he instilled into many of the boys. A kindly and generous nature won him an affectionate place in the hearts of Collegians, particularly those who were members of his carpentry classes. 'Perc' would often regale us with stories of his fishing or of South Africa and the Boer War in which he served 1899-1902. It was in the First World War on Gallipoli that he was wounded by a Turkish dum dum bullet. Periodically thereafter, he had to spend time in the Caulfield Hospital for treatment. Despite this handicap, his cheerful smile and humour were always present’ . He had, for many years, been suffering indifferent health as a result of war wounds and died 10 June 1948, aged 72.

During World War I, he enlisted as a private on 14 August 1914 at age 37, listing his occupation as carpenter, and embarked on
HMAT Benalla on 19 October 1914 as a member of the 8th Infantry Battalion. His wife was then living at 4 Virginia Terrace, West Geelong. On the Nominal Roll he was listed as a corporal. An Alfred Percy Carter served in the 5th Mounted Rifles Contingent in the Anglo-South African War and this may be Albert Percy Carter.

Sources: Pegasus June 1948 p4; Chez Nous 9 July 1948.''
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