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A Memorial Plaque to Cpt.Carbert MC who was KIA with the RFC consignment #28

A Memorial Plaque to Cpt.Carbert MC who was KIA with 20th Squadron RFC - Bronze (CHARLES MOLYNEAUSE CARBERT). Naming in raised lettering. Small hole drilled at the top, tape on the reverse, scattered spotting, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by a copy of his Attestation Paper, his Military Cross citation from Sir Julian Byng and a biography.Footnote: Charles Molyneause Carbert was born on July 15, 1894 in Kilbride, Halton County, Ontario, the only son of Dr. G.B. Carbert and Mrs. G. B. Carbert of Campbellville, Ontario. Prior to the First World War, Carbert enlisted with the 20th Battalion (Halton Rifles), assigned with guarding the local armouries and rose to the commissioned ranks on June 6, 1914. He signed his Attestation Paper as a Lieutenant, with 'B' Company, 20th Infantry Battalion "1st Central Ontario Battalion", on November 13, 1914 in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 20, naming his next-of-kin as his father, Dr. G.B. Carbert of Campbellville, stating that he had two years' previous service with the 20th Halton Rifles, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Clerk. The Battalion was raised in Central and Northern Ontario and mobilized in Toronto under the authority of G.O. 36, March 15, 1915. The Battalion sailed May 15, 1915 aboard the S.S. Megantic, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J.A.W. Allen, with a strength of 35 officers and 1,100 other ranks, arriving in England on May 24th. He was transferred to the training units on September 9, 1915 in England, joining the 30th and 3rd Reserve Battalions. He underwent further training, taking out his Flying Officer's Certificate at Napier Barracks. Carbert returned to the 20th Infantry Battalion and entered the French theatre on December 13, 1915. He served for the remainder of the winter and the following year with the battalion and was Mentioned in Despatches on more than one occasion for his excellent work. Carbert was awarded the Military Cross, for actions taken on September 15, 1916, while the 20th Infantry Battalion was heavily involved in the Battle at the Sugar Factory near Courcelette, part of the Battle of the Somme. He was selected by the Colonel to lead the 20th Infantry Battalion left flank storming party. On the morning of September 15th, with conspicuous success, he was the first man in the German first, second and third line trenches, where both his brother officers were both killed. Carbert later wrote about his escape from those trenches: "My clothes were pierced by several bullets, my steel helmet was hit several times, a splinter of a shell carried away my haversack...I was buried twice and thrown up several times but never lost a drop of blood." When the Germans counterattacked, Lieutenant Carbert, who was now commanding the company described the encounter: "They came in two waves, about 2000 of them, but when our fire caught them, they went down like grain before a reaper. None got away and only thirty were taken prisoners. We were congratulated by the Commanding Officer on taking so few prisoners." According to Sir Julian Byng's citation, Lieutenant Carbert was with the 19th Infantry Battalion, attached to the 4th Canadian Machine Gun Company when he was awarded the Military Cross, the announcement and his citation appearing in the Second Supplement to the London Gazette 29824 of Tuesday, November 14, 1916, on Tuesday, November 14, 1916, page 11077: "For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led his men in the attack with great gallantry. Later he assumed command of his company, displaying great courage and determination. He materially assisted in the success of the operation." Due in large part to his gallantry at Courcelette, he was appointed Temporary Captain on September 16, 1916, and later, promoted to Captain. In October 1916, he was attached to the 20th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, as an Observer and was to take part in several aerial engagements. Shortly after his release from No. 22 Casualty Clearing Station on November 11, 1916, Captain Carbert was taken on as a "Probationary Observer" in the Royal Flying Corps, his acceptance issued on November 19, 1916 and begun his service with the RFC in December. On December 27, 1916, Carbert had been in a fight with two enemy machines, compelling the pilot to make a forced landing. Both he and the pilot were thrown clear of the wreckage, the aircraft completely destroyed and taking fire. Both airmen were stunned for a time, later recovering consciousness and were not seriously hurt, returning to duty with a few days. He had written wrote home to his parents, that he had battled with German planes at an altitude of 15,000 feet. Captain (Observer) Carbert, age 22 and his 18 year old Pilot, 2nd Lieutenant Spicer (Royal Flying Corps, the son of Newton and Emma Frances Spicer, of Little Denstone, Parkstone, Dorset) were initially reported "missing", as the result of aerial combat, on February 1, 1917. News was later received form a Berlin Casualty List that both had died from their wounds that day. The Toronto Star initially reported that he had been declared "missing" on February 1st in their issue of Thursday, February 8, 1917 but later confirmed that he had died, in their issue of Tuesday, February 13, 1917. Both Carbert and Spicer are buried in Moorseele Military Cemetery in Belgium, located twenty kilometres east of Ieper (Ypres), Grave Reference: A. 4., 177/178. Captain Carbert is commemorated on page 213 of the First World War Book of Remembrance and is remembered with honour on the Haltonville (Ontario) Cenotaph, located on the southwest corner of Guelph Line and 15th Sideroad. It was erected by the Township of Nassagaweya in 1921, with a statue of an infantry soldier standing at ease atop a granite shaft, with the names of those from the area who died and the battles in which they perished. The names of those lost in the Second World War and the Korean War were added later. Carbert had been a favourite with both officers and men, confirmed by numerous letters that were received by his parents, all testifying to his gallantry and personal charm. His Commanding Officer wrote that Carbert was "One of those bright spirits who can ill be spared, the blow to all who were privileged to know him is indeed a terrible one, but there is consolation that his was in very truth 'a very perfect life with a perfect life with a perfect ending.' " (C:28)
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