Corporal Samuel Carson

 

 

Samuel Carson was born on 12 August 1886 at Mullaghgarrow, Florencecourt, County Fermanagh, the fifth of nine children of farmer John Carson and his wife Anne (née Buchanan). He grew up with his family at nearby Aughey, Inishmore, but at the time of the 1911 Census he was living at 17 Church Street, Irvinestown, County Fermanagh, at the home of Mary Flack, and working as a grocery shopman.

Carson enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron between 3 March and 9 April 1915 (No. UD/227). On 6 October 1915 he embarked for France with his squadron, which was then serving as divisional cavalry to the 36th (Ulster) Division. In June 1916 the Inniskilling squadron joined with C and F Squadrons of the North Irish Horse to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to X Corps.

In August-September 1917 the Regiment was disbanded and most of its men were transferred to the infantry. Carson, however, was one of fourteen of the regiment who just prior to that (on 18 July) had been transferred to the Military Mounted Police (No. P/12042). He remained with the military police until the end of the war.

On 9 August 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

 

Image of Carson kindly provided by Doreen Mullan (née Carson).

 

This page last updated 3 May 2023.