Diamond War Memorial Project

Lance Corporal William Phillip (Willie) Carton

6th/10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Number 23521
Born: ---- Died: 1918-10-17 Aged: 23 Enlisted: Londonderry

Buried in Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau. Name recorded on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of John J. and Mary L. Carton, 15, Ebrington Terrace, Londonderry.

Lance Corporal Carton was a member of Waterside Presbyterian Church, Londonderry.

He joined the 10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Ulster Division) early in 1915, and was subsequently transferred to the 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Prior to joining the colours he was apprenticed to the wholesale firm of Messrs. J. & R. Hastings, Derry.

At the thanksgiving service in Waterside Presbyterian Church, held on Sunday, November 17, 1918, the Reverend Dr Stuart, speaking in regard to the great joy with which everyone received the news of the Armistice, said, with reference to the death in action of Corporal Carton: 'Amid the rejoicing of the past week sorrowful tidings reached many hearts, and our congregation has had its share. The War Office confirmed the report that Willie Carton had fallen in the thick of the conflict. A young man of bright and gentle disposition, the light of the eyes and the joy of the hearts of his parents, he was a general favourite, and his death is deeply and widely lamented. We shall see him no more in time, but we can confidently anticipate an inseparable reunion. Death did not take him unawares. When on leave on one occasion, we were talking about the uncertainty of life in the battlefield, he immediately and feelingly said ? ?I am prepared for either issue; I have come to see many things in a different light.? He did his part nobly and deserves grateful remembrance. To his bereaved parents, brothers and sisters, our heartfelt sympathy flows; we know that the Lord in whom they confide will comfort and sustain them and enable them one day to rest satisfied that through their devoted son they have been able to prove benefactors of the foremost nations of the world.'

William, John James, and John L. Carton, 15, Ebrington Terrace, signed the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant (September 1912) pledging resistance to Home Rule for Ireland.