Cecil Frank CARSON

CARSON, Cecil Frank

Service Number: 234
Enlisted: 18 January 1916
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 44th Infantry Battalion
Born: Geraldton, Western Australia, January 1895
Home Town: Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bank clerk
Died: Shot By Sniper, France, 4 April 1918
Cemetery: Bonnay Communal Cemetery Extension
Row A, Grave No. 2
Memorials: Fremantle National Bank of Western Australasia Ltd. Roll of Honour, Northampton WW1 Roll of Honour, Northampton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

18 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 234, 44th Infantry Battalion
6 Jun 1916: Involvement Sergeant, 234, 44th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '18' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: HMAT Suevic embarkation_ship_number: A29 public_note: ''
6 Jun 1916: Embarked Sergeant, 234, 44th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suevic, Fremantle
19 Dec 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 44th Infantry Battalion
4 Apr 1918: Involvement Second Lieutenant, 44th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: awm_unit: 44th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Second Lieutenant awm_died_date: 1918-04-04

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From In Search of Charles Albert Stokes DCM

Cecil Frank Carson enlisted with the A.I.F. in January 1916. Born Greenough near Geraldton, Western Australia he was 21 years of age recording his occupation as a bank clerk for the National Bank in Kalgoorlie.

Cecil embarked from Fremantle in June 1916 attached to 44th Battalion, arriving in England in July 1916. By November 1916 he was sent to France. Whilst in France in June 1917 he was appointed Acting Company Sergeant Major CSM. He returned to England in September 1917 where he was selected for an Infantry Cadet Battalion. By December 1917 he was appointed Second Lieutenant returning to France in January 1918.

On the 4th April 1918, 44th Battalion was in the line near the village of Sailly le Sec on the Somme River, where they came under heavy bombardment. It was during one of the attacks that two German soldiers were seen advancing towards the 44th line. Second Lieutenant Carson with two other men went over to capture them, finding that they were both unarmed. One of them refused to be taken prisoner where he was subsequently shot by the Australians. The other soldier was brought back into the 44th lines. Whilst bringing this prisoner in, Lieutenant Carson was shot through the groin by a sniper where he was killed.

Second Lieutenant Cecil Frank Carson is buried in the Bonnay Communal Cemetery Extension, France. He was 23 years of age.

Cecil had a brother who was also killed in action on 17th June 1918 whilst attached to 32nd Battalion. He has no known grave.

Cecil you have not been forgotten.