The son of Leonard and Ettie Carter, Albert Desbrisay Carter was the highest scoring ace to serve with 19 Squadron. On 19 May 1918, he was captured behind enemy lines after his Sopwith Dolphin was shot down by Paul Billik of Jasta 52. Repatriated on 13 December 1918, Carter was killed in a flying accident near Lancing College on 22 May 1919. Flying at an altitude of 7,000 feet, it was thought that a wing broke on the Fokker D.VII he was flying.
Carter's Distinguished Service Order and French Croix de Guerre are on display at the Fort Beauséjour Museum in Aulac, New Brunswick, Canada.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, Saturday, 24 May 1919
Carter was flying this Fokker D.VII when he died
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Maj. Albert Desbrisay Carter, Infy., and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He destroyed two enemy aeroplanes, drove down several others out of control, and on two occasions attacked enemy troops from a low altitude. He showed great keenness and dash as a patrol leader.
Maj. Albert Desbrisay Carter, D.S.O., New Brunswick R., and R.A.F.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as a fighting pilot. In three and a half months he destroyed thirteen enemy machines. He showed the utmost determination, keenness and dash, and his various successful encounters, often against odds, make up a splendid record.
(D.S.O. gazetted 18th February, 1918.)