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Second Lieutenant John Carter-Squire


Harrogate Herald - 8th March 1916

On March 7th, at Christ Church, Harrogate, by the Rev D S Guy (vicar), assisted by the Rev F T Kruckenberg, Sergeant John Carter-Squire, RAMC, and FAI, of Harrogate, eldest son of the late Rev J A Carter-Squire, vicar of Healey, near Masham, and grandson of the late Rev John Snowdon, vicar of Ilkley, to Kate Ellerby, of Harrogate, youngest daughter of the late Robert Ellerby, MFH, of Salton, Kirby Moorside.


Harrogate Herald - 22nd August 1917

W H Breare letter

Our friend Carter-Squire, who left his house and estate agency business to go to the Front, leaving his office in the charge of someone to just keep things going, has been made Second Lieutenant. He came in to see me lately, looking as if he had not a care. He went out with a Yorkshire regiment, but is now engaged in superintending road repairing behind the lines and is commanding a Labour Corps. For a practical man like Lieutenant Carter-Squire this is congenial work, the only drawback being that he is away from his old friends. The men under him, who are unfit for military service, joined up as late as January and February. It is very satisfactory to the lieutenant's friends that such a competent man should have found work for which he so well fitted.


Harrogate Herald - 29th June 1938

June 25th, at Church Wood Mount, Headingley, in her 88th year, Emma Carter-Squire, widow of the Rev J A and beloved mother of Mr J Carter-Squire of Harrogate.


Harrogate Herald - 9th June 1943

The death took place on Thursday, at her home, 5 Spring Grove, Harrogate, of Mrs Kate Carter-Squire, who had been an invalid for the past eight years. During the last war and for several years after it, she was an active member of the Harrogate Golf Club, and with her sister, the late Miss Ellerby, had won several short game competitions.

The funeral took place at Harlow Cemetery on Tuesday, Canon G C Clare officiated, assisted by the Rev H Champion, a former curate of St Peter's, and a friend of the family. Mr C L Naylor was at the organ.

Chief mourners : Mr J Carter-Squire (husband), Mrs Wheatley (sister), Mrs Creighton (niece), Mrs John Kay (niece)

[List of other names follows]

An inquest was held on Monday, ................, returned a verdict of Accidental Death.

Dr A C Sharpe said he had attended Mrs Carter-Squire for some years. On December 14th she sustained a spontaneous fracture of the right femur. She had been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and this had the effect of making the bones brittle and more liable to break. In his opinion death was due to myocardial degeneration, accelerated by the fracture.


Harrogate Herald - 28th January 1959

The death took place on Sunday, at his home, 12 Park Chase, Harrogate, of Mr John Carter-Squire, a man of retiring personality, who was greatly esteemed by all who knew him. He was 84. A year ago he broke his leg in a fall at home and he never recovered from the shock.

Mr Carter-Squire was born at Healey Vicarage, hear Masham, son of the Rev J A Carter-Squire, Vicar of Healey, and Mrs Carter-Squire. His paternal grandfather was John Carter, of Catterick, who about 1855 added to his name on receiving a bequest from a relative of the name Squire.

Mr Carter-Squire's early education was received at Ripon as a Cathedral choirboy, under Dr E J Crow. Later he studied for five years at Rossall School, and then spent a year at Lausanne. After his father's death, his mother and the family went to live at Bradford and Mr Carter-Squire became chief assistant in the estate office of the trustees of the late Sir H W Ripley, Bart. He moved to Harrogate in 1911 to become a partner in the estate agent business of Berry and Snell, and in 1914 he was elected a Fellow of the Auctioneers' Institute.

Immediately on the outbreak of war, when he was 40, he enlisted in the 5th West Yorkshire Regiment, but some months later was transferred to the RAMC. He was sent to France in April, 1915, with the famous 29th Division. He was on the Somme as a sergeant during the big advance of 1916 and did duty at an advanced dressing station. He was mentioned in despatches. He was commissioned on the field in 1917 and served in the Labour Corps. As he spoke fluent French his services were in demand as an interpreter, and it was not until September, 1919, that he was demobilised.

On returning to Harrogate he became manager of the Harrogate branch of the Halifax Building Society in Station Parade, retiring in 1935 on reaching the age limit. Retirement, however, did not mean a lessening of his activities. As an old soldier he took a great interest in the Harrogate Victory branch of the British Legion, and voluntarily undertook the work of the benevolent section. Many wives, widows and ex-servicemen have had good cause to be grateful for his helpful guidance.

He was closely associated with St Peter's Church, Harrogate, and was a former member of the Ripon Diocesan Board of Finance. He had been a member of the Harrogate Rotary Club since 1926, and when a year ago he reluctantly retired, the club elected him and honorary member in recognition of his services and as a tribute to him personally, for he lived up to the motto of "Service before Self".

He had been a member of the Harrogate Guild of Help committee, and at one time he was connected with choirs and operatic societies in the town. In his younger days he was a member of the Bradford Amateur Rowing Club, and later became a founder member of Oakdale Golf Club, Harrogate, retiring only on account of age.

His first wife, whom he married, in 1916 while he was on leave from France, died in 1943. He married again in 1945, his wife also being interested in welfare work. She is a past president of the Harrogate Inner Wheel Club and a member of the Townswomen's Club, and is also associated with the Harrogate Standing Conference.

A service will be held at St Peter's Church today at 2 o'clock, followed by cremation at Stonefall.


Harrogate Herald - 28th January 1959

January 25th, at 12 Park Chase, aged 84 years, John Carter-Squire, dearly loved husband of Alice Carter-Squire.


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