David Thomas Carson. Sergeant Major.

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal to D. Carson.
Ronnie Pigram.
Long Service and Good Conduct Medal to D. Carson.
Ronnie Pigram.
Grave of David Thomas Carson and his wife Daisy Eva.
Ronnie Pigram

1868/1870?  
Born.  Donaghcloney.  County Down.  Northern Ireland.

1886November 27
Attested for the Royal Irish Fusiliers, giving his age as 18 years 0 months.  Was currently or had served with the 5th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.  Later records indicate his age was nearer 16 years when he signed the Oath on Attestation.

1886.  December 28
Posted to the 2nd Battalion.

1888October 3.   
Appointed Lance Corporal.

1890April 1.  Aldershot, Hampshire.  
Passed class of instruction in Gymnastics 2nd Class.  Passed class of instruction in Fencing.

1890September 19
Promoted Corporal.

1892December 1
Appointed Lance Sergeant.

1893December 7
Promoted Sergeant. 

1895April 23
Married Eva Daisy Wright.

1895September. Hythe, Kent. 
Passed class of instruction in Musketry.

1897.  January 1.
Victor David Thomas Carson, a son born to David and Eva. 

1897April 15
Transferred to the Army Gymnastic Staff 3rd Class Instructor.

1898October 8.
Dorothy Carson, a daughter born to David and Eva.

1898December 31
Appointed 2nd Class Instructor.

1903January 4
Promoted 1st Class Instructor with the rank of Colour Sergeant.

1904.  June 1
Promoted to Company Sergeant Major.

1907November 24
Discharged to pension. 
Served all 21 years at home.
Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.  Army Order 68 of 1905. 

Shown below is the actual medal awarded to David Carson.  It is correctly impressed on the rim as follows :-

C.S.M. INST: D. CARSON. GYM: STAFF

Also entitled to the British South Africa Company’s Medal 18901897 with Mashonaland and Matabeleland bars.  Awarded for the four campaigns to surpress the Mashonas and Matabele tribes.

He was also awarded five Good Conduct badges.

1914September 2.  Aldershot, Hampshire. 
Re-enlisted as a Private.
Rejoined the Army Gymnastic Staff.  Appointed with his former rank of Company Sergeant Major Instructor.

1916November 20
Appointed Acting Sergeant Major Instructor.

1918September 24.
Discharged.
His later occupation is recorded as a School Drill Instructor (Retired).

1941September 1.  South Benfleet, Essex.
David Thomas Carson died at ‘Maylands’ Thundersly Park Road.  His daughter, then Dorothy Wray, of Canadian Avenue, Hoole, Chester, was present at the death.
He was laid to rest in St. Mary the Virgin Churchyard.

1947June 19.
Eva Daisy Carson dies and is laid to rest with David.

Engraved on the headstone.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MY DEAR HUSBAND
DAVID CARSON
PASSED AWAY 15 SEPTEMBER 1941
AGED 71 YEARS
AT REST

DAISY EVA
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 19 JUNE 1947
AGED 74 YEARS

SADLY MISSED

RIP 

 

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