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10653   Rifleman Francis Carron
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 08/08/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 27
Summary      
Francis was the son of Daniel and Mary Carron, Stewartstown, County Tyrone. He was born in Stewartstown about 1878. The family was shoemakers who lived in the Square in Stewartstown. Rifleman Frank Carron was serving with the 6th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action at Gallipoli on Sunday 8th August 1915.
Rifleman Francis Carron
Further Information
Francis was the son of Daniel and Mary Carron, Stewartstown, County Tyrone. He was born in Stewartstown about 1878.
Family: Daniel Carron, Mary Jane Carron, John Carron (born about 1874), Daniel Carron (born about 1876), Francis Carron (born about 1879), Mary Carron (born about 1884).
The 1901 census lists Francis as age 22 living with the family at house 27 in The Square, Stewartstown. His mother was a widow. They were a family of shoemakers.
The Square, Stewartstown
The 1911 census lists Francis as age 33 living with the family at house 17 in The Square, Stewartstown. Francis and his brother were both shoemakers.
Francis Carron enlisted in Lisburn.
Medal card
Rifleman Frank Carron was serving with the 6th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action at Gallipoli on Sunday 8th August 1915.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 28th August 1915:
Mrs John Carron, of North Street, Stewartstown, has received a letter from the War Office conveying the sad tidings that her brother in law, Private Francis Carron, 6th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action in the Dardanelles on the 8th August. The deceased’s brother, John Carron, joined the army about two weeks ago, and is at present stationed in Enniskillen.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 2nd September 1915:
Newspaper Report
On Saturday morning, Mrs John Carron, Stewartstown, received a letter from the War Office intimating that her brother in law, Private Francis Carron, of the 6th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action in the Dardanelles on the 8th August last. Enclosed in the letter was an expression of regret from the King and Queen. Deceased belonged to a family long resident in Stewartstown, and joined the army at the outbreak of the war. He has a brother at present serving with the 8th Inniskillings.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 4th September 1915: Private Carron
Mrs John Carron, Stewartstown, has received a letter from the War Office conveying the sad tidings that her brother in law, Private Francis Carron, of the 6th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action in the Dardanelles on the 8th August. And enclosed was an expression of regret from the King and Queen. The deceased belonged to a family long resident in Stewartstown, and joined the army at the outbreak of the war. He has a brother at present serving with the 8th Inniskillings.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 25th September 1915:
CARRON – Killed in action at the Dardanelles on 18th August. Private Francis Carron, Stewartstown.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 25th September 1915: Private Carron, Stewartstown
Mrs John Carron, Stewartstown, has received intimation that her brother-in-law, Private Francis Carron, of the 6th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action in the Dardanelles on the 18th August. He belonged to a family long resident in Stewartstown, and enlisted on the outbreak of the war. His brother is serving in the 8th Inniskillings.
Rifleman Francis Carron has no known grave and is commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey.
Francis Carron inscription
This grave photo was taken by the Friends of the Somme Mid Ulster Branch on a visit to Gallipoli in September 2014.
Rifleman Francis Carron is also listed on Stewartstown Cenotaph.
The CWGC record Rifleman Francis Carron as the son of Dan and Mary Carron of Stewartstown, County Tyrone.
Francis Carron’s brother, John Carron, joined the army around the time Francis’ death. John Carron served with the 8th Inniskillings and survived the war.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 The Square, Stewartstown Stewartstown Census listing in The Square 54.577045 -6.676713
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Carron family Lists Francis as age 22 living with the family at house 27 in The Square, Stewartstown
2 1911 Census lists Carron family Lists Francis as age 33 living with the family at house 17 in The Square, Stewartstown
3 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2020