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Learn about our heritage.
When Abel Marmaduke left the shores of England in the 17th century bound for India, he was to embark on a journey, along with many distinguished gentlemen around that time, not quite knowing what life had in store for him, only knowing that his life would never be the same again.
Abel Marmaduke Carter was to enjoy great success in his new promise land, and later married and started a family. Along with many families around this time, the Anglo-Indian race had emerged.
Generations down the line in the Carter family tree, Maurice William Carter, born in June 1934 in Cawnpore (now Kanpur), raised in Lucknow and educated at the highly regarded La Martiniere College, was to grow up with dreams and aspirations - like any child in India at the time. His path however was to take a turn which would shape his life forever.
At the age of 14 years old Maurice was orphaned.
Two years later at the tender age of 16, Maurice, with no immediate family, decided to join the Merchant Indian Navy. Sailing the seas all around the world was a great education for such a young boy, and the Navy quickly became Maurice’s new family.
As well as the excitement of travelling by ship to many countries around the globe, and living a life of fulfillment and discipline, Maurice was to excel in his passion for boxing. He was to become Naval champion, and with no defeats in 39 fights, this is a record that stands to this very day.
Maurice was to arrive in England in his early twenties, where he married and started a family. He was soon to become a single parent, which was far from easy, however, he had such pride in raising his 2 sons single handedly, and to this day his legacy lives on through his children, grandchildren, and Great Grandchildren.
Maurice, although from humble beginnings, showed that with the utmost determination, drive and sacrifice, that anything in the world is possible. He also passed on the need to treat people equally, with politeness and respect, and with love in one’s heart at all times.
This mantra lives strongly within the heart of the Carter Family.