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Geoffrey Gordon Carter (1901–1933)

Lieut Commander Geoffrey Gordon Carter, formerly of the Royal Australian Navy, whose death occurred at the Government Civil Hospital died at Hong Kong on August 17, at the age of 32 years, was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Gordon H. Carter of Sandringham. He had a distinguished naval and flying career. Joining the Royal Australian Navy in 1914 he went to England in 1918 and as a mid shipman on H.M.S. Tiger took part in the North Sea patrol which cleared the water ways of the mine menace. In 1919 he was in H.M.S. Renown when she acted as convoy to the airship R34 on the first flight across the Atlantic. He was on the Renown when the Prince of Wales visited America and Australia. After his promotion to the rank of lieutenant he joined the Royal Air Service, and with the late Lieutenant McIntosh surveyed the air route to Tasmania. While leading a flight of seaplanes from the Barrier Reef survey to meet the Duke of York on his visit to Melbourne he crashed at Bowen and again at Port Albert. After some months in the Caulfield Hospital he was invalided from the service and placed on the retired list being granted the rank of lieutenant commander. He later went to New Guinea to engage in business, and went from there to China to join the Chinese Air Force. His health broke down again however and he was in hospital about 18 months. He was buried in Hong Kong with navy honours. He leaves one child.

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24 October, 1901
Auburn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


17 August, 1933 (aged 31)
Hong Kong, China

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