9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
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.
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July. The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,337 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave. It is near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Thiepval has been described as "the greatest executed British work of monumental architecture of the twentieth century"