Lieutenant Ralph Barr Carter

Birth: January 6, 1893 in Vancouver, BC
Death: August 19, 1917 in France
Service: WWI
Regimental Number: 116053

Ralph Barr Carter enlisted in Vancouver on March 22, 1915 aged 22, giving his occupation as stagehand. He was single, a Methodist and his next of kin was his mother, Mrs. Emily Waddell, who lived in Steveston and was married to Andrew Grieve Waddell.

On enlistment, Ralph joined the 11th Battalion of the Canadian Mounted Rifles as a private, and was promoted to the rank of Corporal while in training in Canada. After embarkation to Liverpool, England on the SS Lapland, he was made acting sergeant on July 25, 1916. In less than a month, Ralph became a temporary Lieutenant with the 11th Battalion.  He was on sick leave with bronchitis for much of January 1917 and after a short term of leave in London, he returned to France. There he was transferred to the 31st Battalion and attached to the Royal Flying Corps in April 1917, being made a Flying Officer (Observer) in June of 1917. On August 19, 1917, GHQ reported Lieutenant Ralph Barr Carter missing behind enemy lines. In December 1917 German sources reported him to be dead, presumably since August of that year. His mother received a plaque, scroll and the cross of sacrifice in 1921 from the Canadian Government.

History of the Road Name (Carter Court and Carter Drive):

  • Council Resolution to list as potential road name: January 8, 1990
  • Council Resolution to adopt road name: January 22, 1990 (Road in Section 35-5-6)