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17523   Private William 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)
Date Of Birth: 08/05/1894
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
Summary      
William Carson was the eldest son of Robert and Mary Carson. William was born in Derryscallop, County Armagh on 8th May 1894. It is only a couple of miles from Moy, County Tyrone. The family lived in Derryscollop. William enlisted in Moy. William and his brother Robert probably enlisted on the same day as they have consecutive enlistment numbers 17523 William Carson and 17524 Robert Carson. Both Private William Carson and his brother Robert 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. William was 22 years old.
Further Information
William Carson was the eldest son of Robert and Mary Carson. Robert Carson and Mary Ashe were married on 25th July 1893 in the district of Dungannon.
William Robert was born in Derryscallop, County Armagh 8th May 1894. It is only a couple of miles from Moy, County Tyrone. He was the eldest of at least seven children.
The 1901 census records William as 7 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 William as 17 years old. Like his father, William 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).
William Carson belonged to the local battalion of the U.V.F.
William enlisted in Moy. William and his brother Robert probably enlisted on the same day with him as they have consecutive enlistment numbers 17523 William Carson and 17524 Robert Carson.
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Private Carson arrived in France on 5th October 1915.
Both Private William Carson and his brother Robert 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. William was 22 years old.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 12th August 1916:
Private William Carson, Tyrone Volunteers, who has been killed in action, is a son of Mr Robert Carson, a farmer residing at Derryscallop, Moy. He belonged to the local battalion of the U.V.F. and volunteered in November last, being then twenty years of age.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 17 August 1916:
Private William Carson, Tyrone Volunteers, who has been killed in action, was a son of Robert Carson, Derryscallop.
Private William 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 54.442371 -6.669652
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 Parent 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 William as age 7 living with the family at house 1 in Derryscollip, Tullyroan, Armagh
2 1911 Census lists Carson family Lists William as age 17 living with the family at house 1 in Derryscollop, Tullyroan, Armagh
3 Ireland Memorial Record Lists William Carson from Derryscallop
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
5 Private Robert Carson Brother of William. Enlisted the same day and both died on 1st July 1916 at the Somme
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