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CarterSMajorNatal 1906 (1)
Source: Recipients of the Natal 1906 Medal
Umvoti Mounted Rifles
CarterS4th Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
East Surrey Regiment
CarterS1703PrivateSeverely wounded. Steynsburg, 27 May 1902
4th Battalion. Accidentally Self-inflicted
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
East Surrey Regiment
CarterS HLieutenant ColonelLieutenant Colonel RAMC, September 1894. War service: Afghan War, 1878-80 (medal with clasp); Egyptian Expedition 1882 (medal with clasp; bronze star); Operations on NW Frontier of India, 1897-98 (medal with 2 clasps); Boer War, 1899-1900; Senior Medical Officer Infantry Division, Natal Field Force.Royal Army Medical Corps
CarterS JDistrict 1
Source: QSA and KSA rolls
Cape Police
CarterS J Sergeant MajorSource: Nominal rollFrench's Scouts
CarterS LPrivateQSA (5) CC Paar Drie Joh DH. Ref: Chl0.411.
Source: QSA medal rolls
HMS Monarch
CarterS W33778 TrooperSource: Nominal roll in WO127Johannesburg Mounted Rifles
CarterS W GSource: QSA and KSA rollsBritish South Africa Police
CarterS.W.Source: Attestation paper in WO126Brabant's Horse
CarterSamuel31532PrivateSource: QSA Medal RollsImperial Yeomanry
CarterSamuelLt ColOC Umvoti Mounted Rifles
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D.S.O. London Gazette 22 August 1918. The original recommendation states: ‘For consistently good work and extremely able leadership throughout the campaign. A Commanding Officer of marked ability and meriting reward.’

Samuel Carter appears to have commenced his career as an Assistant Native Commissioner in Rhodesia; certainly he saw action with ‘L’ Troop of the Bulawayo Field Force in 1896, when, on 29 March, he was wounded on the Shiloh Patrol (London Gazette 5 April 1898, refers).

During the Boer War he served as a Lieutenant & Adjutant of the Umvoti Mounted Rifles, seeing action as part of the Ladysmith relief force, including Tugela Heights, and afterwards at Laing’s Nek.

Carter was likewise actively employed in the rank of Major during the Natal Rebellion in 1906, in which role he gained one of just 18 special mentions for ‘Meritorious Service’ awarded in the campaign; for an excellent account of the Umvoti Rifles in the Natal Rebellion, ‘Patriotic Duty of Brutal Repression, or Both?’, by Mark Coghlan, see the South African Military History Society’s Journal in December 2006.

Having taken command of the Umvoti Mounted Rifles in 1908, Carter was awarded the Union of South Africa Medal in 1910, a rare distinction since the majority of such awards were granted to politicians, government officials and other civilians.

He then returned to an operational footing with command of the regiment in the 1914 Rebellion and in the German South-West Africa campaign, as part of the Central Force under Sir Duncan McKenzie, and was awarded the DSO and mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 22 August 1918, refers). Having also added the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Decoration to his accolades in July 1915, Carter remained in command of the Umvoti Mounted Rifles - re-titled the 4th Mounted Rifles - until 1924.
Umvoti Mounted Rifles
CarterSamuel Crawford9429SergeantSource: Nominal roll in WO127Kitchener's Horse
CarterSamuel Crawford9429SergeantSource: Nominal roll in WO127Roberts' Horse
CarterSamuel Henry2606Sqn. Sergeant MajorSource: OZ-Boer databaseNew South Wales, 3rd Contingent NSW Imperial Bushm
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