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17524   Private Robert Carson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 19/01/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 20
Summary      
Robert Carson was the son of Robert and Mary Carson. Robert was born in Derryscallop, County Armagh about 1896. It is only a couple of miles from Moy, County Tyrone. The family lived at house 1 in Derryscollop, Tullyroan, County Armagh. Like his father, Robert worked as a labourer. Robert enlisted in Moy. Robert and his elder brother Robert probably enlisted on the same day as they have consecutive enlistment numbers 17523 William Carson and 17524 Robert Carson. Both Private Robert Carson and his brother William Carson were serving the 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when they were killed in action on the first day of the Somme on 1st July 1916. Robert was 20 years old.
Further Information
Robert Carson was the son of Robert and Mary Carson. Robert Carson and Mary Ashe were married on 25th July 1893 in the district of Dungannon.
Robert was born in Derryscallop, County Armagh about 1896. It is only a couple of miles from Moy, County Tyrone. He was the second of at least seven children.
The 1901 census records Robert as 5 years old. His father Robert worked as an agricultural labourer. The family lived at house 1 in Derryscollop, Tullyroan, County Armagh
The 1911 census records Robert as 15 years old. Like his father, Robert worked as a labourer. The family still lived at house 1 in Derryscollop, Tullyroan, County Armagh
Known family: Robert Carson, Mary Carson, William Carson (born 8th May 1894), Robert Carson (born about 1896), Sarah Carson (born about 1898), Joseph Carson (born about 1900), Emily Carson (born about 1903), George A Carson (born about 1905), John Al Carson (born about 1908) and Samuel Carson (born about 1911).
Robert enlisted in Moy. Robert and his elder brother Robert probably enlisted on the same day as they have consecutive enlistment numbers 17523 William Carson and 17524 Robert Carson.
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Both Private Robert Carson and his brother William Carson were serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when they were killed in action on the first day of the Somme on 1st July 1916. Robert was 20 years old.
Private Robert Carson has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial at the Somme in France.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Derryscallop, Co Armagh Moy Census listing in Derryscallop, near Moy 54.441697 -6.672184
GRONI References
TYPE - B:Birth M:Marriage D:Death | GRONI | SIBLING: brother or sister | NOTES: spelling inconsistencies, etc.
Date Type Surname First name Relationship GRONI Ref Notes
25/07/1893 M Ashe Mary Parent M/1893/T1/1418/3/143
25/07/1893 M Carson Robert Sibling M/1893/T1/1418/3/143
08/05/1894 B Carson William Casualty U/1894/12/1002/16/21
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Carson family Lists Robert as age 5 living with the family at house 1 in Derryscollip, Tullyroan, Armagh
2 1911 Census lists Carson family Lists Robert as age 15 living with the family at house 1 in Derryscollop, Tullyroan, Armagh
3 Ireland Memorial Record Lists Robert Carson from Derryscallop
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
6 Private William Carson Brother of Robert. Enlisted the same day and both died on 1st July 1916 at the Somme
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