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CARTER, Sydney Benjamin (1896-1953) – Royal Air Force

PS-CARTER%20Sydney.jpgFlight-Sergeant Sydney Benjamin Carter (1896-1953), known as Syd, moved to Wickhamford after his period of service in the warSyd was born in Bristol and spent his childhood on his father’s farm near Chippenham.

He joined the Royal Flying Corps (No 9644) on 9th October 1915 and served as a motor-cycle despatch rider in France and later became an observer.  He was promoted to flight-sergeant on 1st January 1917 and was transferred to the R.A.F. on its formation on 1st April 1918.

Syd’s grandfather, Benjamin Carter, ran Field Farm, Longdon Hill for many years and Syd came with his father, Edward Carter, to Pitchers Hill Farm in 1922.  He was a Major in the 4th Worcester Battalion of the Home Guard in the Second World War and was awarded the M.B.E. for his service with them in 1943.   He worked for the B.B.C. as a broadcaster on rural affairs and lived the latter part of his life at “Shire End” on the Broadway Road, Wickhamford.

See also:  Syd Carter - a local character