Harry Carter

The ashes of Harry Carter and his wife lie in the west cloister of Westminster Abbey. He was Clerk of Works at the Abbey responsible for the day to day maintenance of the building and official houses and he acted as Sexton at burials. The inscription reads: 

Harry Carter M.V.O. Born 13 October 1906 Died 2 August 1966. Clerk of Works 1955-1966. He was a good man. Acts XI:24. Also Nan Carter his wife died 1970

His residence was 16 Dean's Yard. During his time extensive cleaning and restoration work took place in the Church. His death was sudden. The Dean said that he was a:

devoted man, wholly given to his important task and on call day and night...a brave man physically with great moral courage. We shall remember him gratefully.


13th October 1906


2nd August 1966


West Cloister

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Harry Carter
Harry Carter grave

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