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Colonel Thomas Tupper Carter-Campbell of Possil R.E., J. P. COS
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Born 1838
Died 1900
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army British Army
Years of service 1853 - 1887
Rank Colonel
Justice of the Peace
Chief of Staff
Commands held Bengal Engineer Group
Great Trigonometric Survey
Honourable East India Company
Battles/wars Sikkim Expedition
Umbeyla Campaign
1868 Expedition to Abyssinia
Relations Thomas Carter MP (1690–1763),
Admiral John Carter,
General George Carter-Campbell
Colonel Duncan Carter-Campbell of Possil
Colonel Thomas Tupper Carter-Campbell of Possil (15 September 1838 – 14 January 1900) was a British soldier.


Thomas Tupper Carter was born on 15 September 1838, the third son of Admiral John Carter RN of Castlemartin and his wife, Julia Adery Georges.[1] He was a grandson of Thomas Carter MP of Castlemartin.


He first attended Cheltenham College.[2] In 1853, he entered the Royal School of Military Engineering as an Ensign and was given the provisionary rank of lieutenant on 13 August 1853.[3] He subsequently attended Addiscombe Military Seminary, where officers were trained for service with the army of the East India Company.[4] He was examined and qualified as an engineer office on 11 December 1857, with the rank of second lieutenant.[5]

In late 1857 Carter joined the Company's Royal Bengal Engineers and was promoted to first lieutenant on 27 August 1858.[6]

After the Indian Mutiny of 1857-1858, the army of the East India Company was abolished, most of it becoming the Indian Army. However, the Royal Bengal Engineers were amalgamated with the Royal Engineers of the British Army.

Military careerEdit

In 1861, Carter served in the Sikkim Expedition. In 1863, he commanded the engineer forces in the Umbeyla Campaign. On 21 April 1864, Carter was appointed a 3rd Grade surveyor in Great Trigonometric Survey of India.[7] Later that year, on 15 September, he was married to Emily Georgina Campbell of Possil, the daughter of General George Campbell of Inverniell and he adopted the new name of Carter-Campbell of Possil.

Carter served in the 1868 Expedition to Abyssinia where, upon the death of H. W. Garnault, he was promoted to of captain on 13 September 1870.[8]

On 1 October 1877 Carter was promoted to major in the Royal Engineers,[9] and made lieutenant colonel on 11 December 1886.[10] He retired in 1887 upon receiving the honorary rank of colonel.

In retirementEdit

Carter lived for a time at Siam House, Weymouth, Dorset.[11] In 1893 he was granted renewed arms by the Lord Lyon King of Arms, and formally changed his name to Carter-Campbell of Possil.[11][12]

He subsequently lived with his wife and children at the family residence of Fascadale, in the parish of South Knapdale in Strathclyde (now Ardrishaig, Lochgilphead, Argyllshire).[13] He held office for the Lord Lieutenant of Argyllshire and was made Justice of the Peace.[citation needed]

On 14 January 1900 Carter died at Fascadale, aged 61.[14][15] He had six children. His son George Carter-Campbell served in World War I and became a major general.

See alsoEdit


  1. Lundy, Darryl (11 Oct 2009). "The Peerage". 
  2. Hunter, Andrew Alexander (1890). Cheltenham College Register, 1841-1889. G. Bell and Sons. 
  3. "The London Gazette". page 3789. The London Gazette. 13 August 1858. 
  4. "Naval and Military". Belfast, Ireland. 16 December 1857. 
  5. "Hart's annual army list, militia list, and imperial yeomanry list". page 201. J. Murray. 1863. 
  6. "The London Gazette". The London Gazette. 29 April 1862. p. 2239. 
  7. Hart, Col. H. G. (1868). The New Army List; and Militia List. The London Gazette. p. 101a. 
  8. "The London Gazette". The London Gazette. 13 December 1870. p. 5748. 
  9. "The London Gazette - The Morning Post". London, England. 5 December 1877. p. 6. 
  10. "Military News - The Star". Saint Peter Port, England. 16 December 1886. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Change of Name". London. 11 March 1893. p. 1. (subscription required)
  12. Anderson, J.; Anderson, F. (22 October 1895). "[Notice"]. pp. 1373–4. 
  13. Anderson, J.; Anderson, F. (22 July 1898). "[Notice"]. p. 728. 
  14. "Obituary". London. 16 January 1900. p. 7.!xrn_28_0_CS118810160&hst_1?sw_aep=ucl_ttda. (subscription required)
  15. "Naval and Military News". Birmingham. 17 January 1900. (subscription required)

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