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William Carson

G/5324 L/Cpl

8th Battalion Queens Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), 72nd Infantry Brigade, 24th Division

Age: 26

Date of Death: 30.4.16

Buried: Dranoutre Military Cemetery I.C.23

Family history: Son of Harry and Charlotte Carson, 4 Banknock Terrace, Bonnybridge. He had three brothers and a sister. Prior to enlisting on 6 January 1915, he was employed as a Miner. He had a son, William, born on 25 July 1914 however, the child's mother is not listed. His dependent on the pension form is listed as his ‘aunt’ Mrs Margaret Carson, 25 Banknock Terrace, Bonnybridge.

The action leading to his death

The battalion was holding the trenches at Wulverghem in front of Messines Ridge. Battalion HQ was in Kandahar Farm. The War diary records reliefs but no casualties. One can only assume that William was a victim of trench wastage and he is buried in Dranoutre Military Cemetery which was used by fighting units and Field Ambulances, many of the dead are from the 72nd Infantry Brigade, 24th Division in Plots 1 and II.

(Linesman Map)

Medals Awarded:

1915 Star, The British War Medal, Victory Medal.

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