No. 11/16326, 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Died of disease on Saturday 6 September 1930 (aged 39)
Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery, Co Down (Grave 11. 174)
Newtownards and District War Memorial
The name George Carson is listed on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in the booklet produced for the Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony held on Saturday 26 May 1934 he is described as a Sergeant in the Royal Irish Rifles. The organising committee of the day decided to include the names of ex-servicemen who died up to that date from what they considered to be war related causes, whether as a result of wounds or disease.
George Carson, late of 10 Bangor Road, Newtownards died of acute appendicitis, pulmonary embolism and respiratory failure in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast on 6 September 1930 (aged 39). George Carson was a shoemaker and his brother-in-law, Robert McKimm, of 4 Windmill Row, Newtownards was with him when he died.
Robert McKimm’s father, Ex-Rifleman Robert McKimm, died on 22 November 1922 and he too is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.
George Carson’s widow, Rachel Carson (nee McKimm), placed a death notice in the Newtownards Chronicle. In Memoriam notices in subsequent years confirm that the Carson family lived at 35 Bangor Road in Newtownards.
Sergeant George Carson (No. 11/16326), 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles was stationed at Clandeboye Camp, Bangor when he and Rachel McKimm were married on 22 December 1916 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s). George Carson was a son of John Carson, a labourer. Rachel McKimm from Newtownards was a daughter of Robert McKimm, a labourer.
Ex-Sergeant George Carson was buried in Movilla Cemetery, Newtownards and he is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.