David Thomas Carson. Sergeant Major.
Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
Born. Donaghcloney. County Down. Northern Ireland.
1886. November 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.
1888. October 3.
Appointed Lance Corporal.
1890. April 1. Aldershot, Hampshire.
Passed class of instruction in Gymnastics 2nd Class. Passed class of instruction in Fencing.
1890. September 19.
1892. December 1.
Appointed Lance Sergeant.
1893. December 7.
1895. April 23.
Married Eva Daisy Wright.
1895. September. Hythe, Kent.
Passed class of instruction in Musketry.
1897. January 1.
Victor David Thomas Carson, a son born to David and Eva.
1897. April 15.
Transferred to the Army Gymnastic Staff 3rd Class Instructor.
1898. October 8.
Dorothy Carson, a daughter born to David and Eva.
1898. December 31.
Appointed 2nd Class Instructor.
1903. January 4.
Promoted 1st Class Instructor with the rank of Colour Sergeant.
1904. June 1.
Promoted to Company Sergeant Major.
1907. November 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 1890–1897 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.
1914. September 2. Aldershot, Hampshire.
Re-enlisted as a Private.
Rejoined the Army Gymnastic Staff. Appointed with his former rank of Company Sergeant Major Instructor.
1916. November 20.
Appointed Acting Sergeant Major Instructor.
1918. September 24.
His later occupation is recorded as a School Drill Instructor (Retired).
1941. September 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.
1947. June 19.
Eva Daisy Carson dies and is laid to rest with David.
Engraved on the headstone.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MY DEAR HUSBAND
PASSED AWAY 15 SEPTEMBER 1941
AGED 71 YEARS
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 19 JUNE 1947
AGED 74 YEARS