WW1 Medal Groups
WW1 1914 Star Trio Notts & Derby Regiment. POW/Died In Captivity - Named To Condon
A WW1 1914 Star Trio awarded to 11869, Private Gilbert Harry Condon who served with the 2nd Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts And Derby Regiment) and was captured by the German in October 1914 and later died in captivity.
The details of his awards are as follows:
1914 Star named to 11869, PTE G. H. CONDON. 2/10 NOTTS: & DERBY. R.
British War Medal & Victory Medal named to 11869 PTE. G. H. CONDON. NOTTS: & DERBY. R.
The medals are supplied loose with their original silk ribbons, but sadly the group is missing the memorial plaque. The listing does come with supporting paperwork, but unfortunately I’ve not been able to locate any service records relating to this man.
According to his Medal Index Card, which can be viewed by clicking on here if you have access to Ancestry, (although a paper copy will be provided with this listing), he appears not to have been awarded with the clasp and roses, although given the dates of his landing in France and the date of his capture, I think he was entitled to them.
Condon was born in Nottingham in 1894. He enlisted into Sherwood Foresters (Notts And Derby Regiment) in 1912, and as a regular prior to the war, was one of the first to arrive in France when he disembarked with his unit on the 8th September 1914 when the regiment formed a part of the 18th Brigade, 6th Division, BEF.
He was captured on the 20th October 1914, during an action when the battalion was overwhelmed by a numerically superior German force after holding their position for two days while under constant attack - the Battle Of Armentière, details of which can be viewed by clicking on here
In this action 16 officers and 710 men of the battalion were killed, wounded or taken POW. He died on the 14th May 1916 while a prisoner of war in Germany and he is buried at Niederzwehren Cemetery, Cassel, Germany. His Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry can be viewed by clicking on here.
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