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Michael Condron enlisted in the Liverpool Regiment on 20th May 1915 in Knowsley, Liverpool. He was posted into the 17th (Service) Battalion and given the service number 26628.

At the time of his enlistment he was 19 years old and had been living at 20 Park Street, Bootle. He had been employed as a seaman.

Michael was single and had no previous military experience. He listed his guardian, Mr James Carew, of 10 Myers Road, Great Crosby as his next of kin.

Between August 1915 and February 1916, whilst stationed at the Depot in Knowsley; Michael accrued a number of Regimental entries for being absent without leave. On each occasion he was punished by being confined to barracks for the same period he had been absent.

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On 3rd March 1916, Private Condron was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (service number 14264), but was transferred back to the Liverpools the following July, initially into the 21st Battalion, then back into the 17th the following month.

During his short time with the M.G.C he received another Regimental entry for being absent from 14:00hrs on 3rd July till reveille on 4th July 1916. He was punished by being deprived two days pay.

On 18th August 1916, Private Condron set sail for France to join the 17th (Service) Battalion in the field.

On 7th September 1916, he was transferred into the 1st Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

In January 1917, he was admitted to hospital for impetigo and eczema.

On 13th March 1917, Michael received another Regimental entry, this was for having a dirty rifle on the 7am parade. He was punished by being confined to barracks for four days.

On 14th November 1917 he was wounded whilst on duty, it is assessed as this was a fairly minor injury as he went on to take a short period of leave to England from 20th November – 4th December 1917.

On 4th February 1918 he was promoted to Lance Corporal (unpaid). The following month he was promoted again to Acting Corporal (paid).

On 18th April 1918, whilst the Battalion were in the vicinity of the La Basse Canal, when Corporal Michael Condron was killed in action.

18th April 1918 – La Basse Canal

The German began an intense bombardment of the line at 04:15 hrs that morning, following that by advancing in attack about 08:00 hrs. The Germans were successful in gaining a foothold in the main Divisional line, before C and D Companies of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment ejected them through vigorously counter-attack. The majority of the line being back in our possession by 11:00 hrs.

 

His mother, Annie Mcmahon, received notification of her sons death and took receipt of his personal effects on 23rd January 1919;

  • 1 x Wallet
  • 1 x Religious book
  • Cards

His listed next of kin, James Carew received the British War Medal and Victory Medal, the memorial plaque and memorial scroll in memory of Michael, however in 1921, his mother made an application for these items which resulted in the Army requesting that Mr Carew return them.

His mother was living at 57 Barracks, King Street, Aberdeen. She was asked to complete a form detailing all brothers and sisters of Michael; he had four brothers and two sisters.

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An entry in service papers reports him as being buried at Givenchy, at Ref: A9C:80:50 Map 36C; the CWGC website records the following;

Rank: Corporal
Service No: 26919
Date of Death: 18/04/1918
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st.Bn.
Cemetery: POST OFFICE RIFLES CEMETERY, FESTUBERT, I. A. 16.

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3 Responses to 26919 PTE. M. CONDRON. L.N.LAN.R

  1. E.J.Hannah says:

    Thank you very much for all the information about my great uncle Michael Condron. This was very interesting and has helped to piece together our family history. Thank you for the time you spent gathering this information together I am very grateful

  2. E. HANNAH says:

    Once again, a really great report about our relative Michael. Thanks for your hard work , Im sure,even now he would be so proud, thanks

    E.HANNAH

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