This collection contains letters, 1915-1916, primarily from Carson Dale to his sister, Carrie Dale, detailing his time serving in the English Army during World War I. Additional letters were sent to Carrie from Britsh soldiers who served with Carson detailing his well-being and his death. Other materials include military records and published sources relating to the service of both Carson J. Dale and his brother Jarvis Dale (1888-1952), who served with the 1st Mississippi Infantry. Among them are a booklet titled "The Invasion of Texas: First Mississippi Infantry, History of 1/6th Gloucestershire Regiment in the Battle of the Somme", and a certificate of service in the Gloucestershire Regiment, as well as 2001 newsletter articles on Jarvis Dale.
Furthermore there are recent prints of World War I photo portraits of Jarvis Dale and possibly Carson Dale and a photograph of Javis Dale's headstone.
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Carson Dale and twin brother Jarvis Dale were born in 1888 to William and Almira Dale. Carson served in World War I but as a part of England’s 1/6 Gloucestershire Regiment. Carson left for England after an exchange of words with his father and an undisclosed dispute with the local sheriff. Under the guise of being Canadian, he joined the 1/6 Regiment and after months of drilling he was sent to France for combat. Through letters home to his sister Carrie, Carson details his longing to fight and eventually change of attitude once seeing the horrors of war. On July 23, 1916, in the Battle of Somme, Carson was killed by a shrapnel bullet from an exploding bomb.
Included with the collection were photocopies of a revolutionary pension application Thomas Banister submitted in 1833 for military service provided in 1777. These photocopies are kept in the donor file.
Accessioned and processed by Derek Sower, Special Collections Intern, in June 2014.