Alice Eleanor was born in 1878 to George and Mabel Carter of Barnard Castle. She was one of 10 children, among them brothers George and Henry and sisters Florence May (Alice's twin), Mabel, who married Robert Brown, a retired farmer and Eva Gertrude (born 1887) who also joined the General Service VAD in 1918 (see notes below and the separate entry in the database). George the father was a Surveyor living at 42 Horsemarket. By the 1891 Census, he had also started selling ale and porter. When George died, in 1906, his widow carried on the business as a mineral water manufacturer. Sons Henry and George took over the drinks business as Carter Brothers. According to family records, they advertised in the Teesdale Mercury eg 12th March 1919. In 1939, the family were still occupying 42 Horsemarket and running a haulage and removal business.
Alice Eleanor joined the General Service VAD in 1918. She served in the 73rd General Hospital in Tourville, France, as a waitress, probably in the medical staff mess. After the armistice, she transferred to the General Service VAD in Nottingham Place, London, until July 1919. She received her Victory and British War medals in 1920. Alice never married. At her death she was living at 3 Wood Street Barnard Castle. The beneficiaries in her will were her widowed twin sister Florence May Boyd and her married sister Mabel Brown.