Carson, Robert

Carson, Robert

Mentioned in Despatches

Major

139th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery

Died of wounds on Thursday 24 August 1916 (aged 37)

Buried:

Martinsart British Cemetery, France (Grave I. A. 8)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

Campbell College Belfast

Family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor

Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, Holywood

Royal Ulster Yacht Club, Bangor

BIOGRAPHY

Robert Carson was born on 6 April 1879 in Craigavad and he was a son of William Carson JP and Isabella Jane Carson (nee Major) who were married on 15 January 1874 in First Holywood Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church.  William Carson from Holywood was a son of William Carson, a merchant.  Isabella Jane Major from Holywood was a daughter of Thomas Major, a merchant.

The Carson family lived in Belfast; in Craigavad and in Carnalea House, Carnalea, Bangor.

William Carson was a solicitor in the firm of Carson & McDowell and he and Isabella had six children:

Isabella (born 7 November 1874 at 12 Wilmont Terrace, Belfast)

Margaret Malcolm (Meta, born 21 December 1875 in St Kilda, Craigavad)

William Harold (born 1 June 1877 in Craigavad; died 27 December 1957)

Robert (born 6 April 1879 in Craigavad)

John (born 14 July 1881 at 2 Princes Gardens, Belfast)

Allen Hunter (born 20 July 1888 in Kensington Villas, Bangor)

Their father, William Carson JP, died of cardiac failure at Carnalea on 18 April 1900 (aged 72) and their mother, Isabella Carson, died on 21 March 1928 (aged 77).

Robert Carson was educated at Campbell College Belfast and Trinity College Dublin.  He played rugby and was a member of both the Royal Ulster Yacht Club in Holywood and the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club in Bangor.

Robert Carson was a career soldier, served in the Royal Regiment of Artillery and saw service in India.  During the Great War he was Mentioned in Despatches by Field Marshal Viscount French for gallantry and distinguished conduct in the field.

Major Robert Carson was 37 when he died of wounds on 24 August 1916 at Martinsart having been wounded when he left his dugout during an enemy bombardment.  At the time of his death, Major Carson’s wife Helen B. Carson was living at Broadwater, East Malling, Kent.

Major Robert Carson was buried in Martinsart British Cemetery, France and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS

ST. JOHN XV, VERSE XIII

Major Robert Carson is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial; on the Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum; in Campbell College Belfast; on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor; in the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, Holywood and in the Royal Ulster Yacht Club, Bangor.