William Nicol Carson 16 July 1916 - 8 October 1944 Key details Contribute › Service number22923 AWMM Also known asBill Carson AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeMajor AWMMNew Zealand Artillery, 5 Field Regiment AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Report Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Portrait, WW2, Major Carson in the desert, holding his issue … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesWilliam Nicol AWMM SurnameCarson AWMM Ingoa Also known asBill Carson AWMM Service number22923 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Report Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth16 July 1916 AWMM Place of birthNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesNew Zealand AWMM Report Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW2 AWMMWarehouseman AWMM Post war occupation Report Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentUnknown AWMM54 View RoadMt EdenAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMrs W.M. Carson (wife)82 Clonbern RoadRemueraAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 27 August 1940 AWMMMarried AWMM Report Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM CampaignsCrete AWMMNorth Africa AWMMItaly AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Service number22923 AWMM Military units Military service Report Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsMilitary Cross (MC) AWMMMentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM Report Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW2 AWMMUnknown AWMMAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Age on enlistmentWW2 AWMM Report Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 AWMM27 August 1940 AWMMWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Embarkation bodyWW2 AWMM27 August 1940 AWMMSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMMArtillery Reinforcements AWMMSecond Lieutenant AWMM Report Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Report Medical history Contribute › Medical notesDied of woundsCause of Death AWMM Report Discharge Contribute › DischargeMajor AWMMNew Zealand Artillery, 5 Field Regiment AWMM Report Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › William Carson was the son of Alexander John and Mabel Alice Carson and husband of Marie Patricia Carson, of Remuera, Auckland.All Black in 1938Captain John Rutherfurd has written the following tribute to William Carson. 'Bill Carson was a very special friend of mine. We entered camp together in February 1940. He was a double New Zealand representative - All Black and cricket. He had a very distinguished military career, especially in Crete. He was highly respected and very popular.'Major Carson was wounded on 29 July 1944 at San Michele, south of Florence. He was evacuated but died as a result of his wounds and sickness in October. Carson was taking the newly-appointed commander of F Troop forward to the Observation Post when a shell struck the scout car and killed Lieutenant Graves and Gunner I.H. Henry. (Murphy, W. (1966), p. 623-4)In W.E. Murphy's account of 2nd Divisional Artillery he records that Bill Carson was a stalwart of the New Zealand Artillery from the earliest days. His actions in Crete are particularly notable.Lieutenant Carson had charge of a thirty man patrol from Reserve Motor Transport at Galatas. In the area around Cemetery Hill, Wheat Hill and Pink Hill Carson was particularly active with his patrol. On 22 May an incident occurred when Carson and his patrol were moving round to Wheat Hill to counter-attack the enemy. 'There was a beautiful opening for Carson, and I was waiting for him to line his men up before giving him the order to charge, when a most infernal uproar broke out across the valley. Over an open space in the trees near Galatos came running, bounding and yelling like Red Indians, about a hundred Greeks and villagers including women and children, led by Michael Forrester twenty yards ahead. It was too much for the Germans. They turned and ran without hesitation, and we went back to our original positions.'As the days went by and more pressure was brought to bear Carson's patrol faced increasingly difficult situations. On 25 May for example in trying to hold Pink Hill his patrol moved forward to help stiffen the line. An attack by thirty Stukas weakened the right flank and Carson took his patrol and they stayed in spite of attacks of increasing intensity. The message that 18 Battalion had withdrawn did not reach them because the runner sent to warn them of the retirement was killed on the way. This action at Wheat Hill (in co-operation with Captain Nolan's two platoons of gunners) meant that most of the troops involved were able to make their way back safely through Galatas.Re-grouping after this fighting Lieutenant-Colonel Gray formed up the survivors of his battalion on the eastern edge of the village. They were joined by other soldiers and instructed to clear the village with bayonets in spite of the fact that the Germans seemed to have machine guns and mortars everywhere. William Carson is reported to have had a broad grin and to have committed himself to the ongoing battle (Davin, D. (1953), p. 312).Initials W.M. given for next of kin, his wife, on the Nominal Roll. AWMM Read more Report Death About death Contribute › Age at death28 AWMM Date of death8 October 1944 AWMM Cause of deathDied of wounds AWMM Place of deathEgypt AWMM Death notesEgypt AWMM Report Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameHeliopolis War CemeteryEgypt AWMM Grave reference4.A.16. AWMM Report Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameAuckland War Memorial MuseumWorld War 2 Hall of Memories AWMMAuckland Domainan Olive Tree (Olea europaea) planted close to the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the grounds of the Auckland Domain commemorates those who fought on Crete in 1941. AWMM Memorial reference Obituary Report Roll of Honour Remember William Nicol Carson by laying a poppy. William Frederick Carson William James Carson William Nicol Carson David Carstairs William Gerald Carstens Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of William Nicol Carson Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksAllblacks.com website All Blacks A to Zhttp://stats.allblacks.com/asp/atoz.asp?group=ASources UsedCommonwealth War Graves Commission.http://www.cwgc.orgSources UsedDavin, D. (1953). Crete. Wellington, Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy.http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Cret.htmlSources UsedHenderson, J. (1954). RMT: official history of the 4th and 6th Reserve Mechanical Transport Companies. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs.http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Mech.htmlSources UsedMurphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch.http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Arti.htmlSources UsedCricket Info.com webite William Carson's cricket careerhttp://www.cricinfo.com/newzealand/content/player/36669.htmlFurther ReferenceRugby Museum.co.nz rugby profilehttp://www.rugbymuseum.co.nz/ABProfilee.asp?level1=All_Blacks&Level2=ABC&IDID=134Further Reference DocumentsChester, R., McMillan, N. & Palenski, R. (2005). The encyclopedia of New Zealand rugby. Auckland, N.Z.: Hodder Moa. (4th ed.) AWMMSutherland, J. (1989). Gallantry awards to New Zealanders in World War Two. Christchurch, N.Z.: Regal Medals. AWMMSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMWW2 3: WW2 75 AWMMHenderson, J. (1954). RMT: official history of the 4th and 6th Reserve Mechanical Transport Companies. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs. AWMMHenderson, J. (1954). p.81-84 AWMM Report Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.