Marine Robert James Carson (PLY/15760) served in the Royal Marines during the Second World War. Born on 21st September 1894, he was the son of Thomas Carson and Tilly Carson of Omagh, Co. Tyrone, and husband of Annie Carson of Empire Drive, Belfast.
Carson enlisted in the Royal Marine Light Infantry Plymouth Division on 14th August 1912 and served in both World Wars. He died as a result of a road accident in Johnstone, Glasgow on 15th February 1941 aged 47 years old. Carson had 22 years’ service in the Royal Marines.
Robert James Carson’s grave is in Glenalina Extension, Section C, Grave 55 of Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast. His headstone bears the inscription:
Divided hands shall clasp again.
Carson’s funeral on 21st February 1941 was one of the largest seen in Belfast for some time. A detachment of Naval Officers and Ratings and a firing party were in attendance as the gun carriage made its way through the west of the city. Reverend S.J. Greer conducted a service at the family home and Reverend R.H. Campbell officiated at the graveside.