Service No: CH/20284
Date of Death: 25/01/1917
Regiment: Royal Marine Light Infantry
Service: H.M.S. Laurentic
Panel Reference: Panel 25
Memorial: CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
Son of Lewis and Eliza Carter, of Slant Gate, Kirkburton, Huddersfield.
RMS Laurentic was a White Star Lines liner built in 1908 for transatlantic voyages. She was requisitioned by the Admiralty as a troop carrier, and then converted into an armed merchant cruiser. On 25th January 1917 she struck a mine laid by the German submarine U-80, off Lough Swilly on the northern coast of County Donegal, Ireland. She was heading for Canada carrying 43 tonnes of gold to pay for munitions. Accounts of the number of casualties varies, but the Admiralty reported a loss of 347 lives out of a reported complement of 722 men aboard.