Captain David L Condon, Royal Munster Fusiliers | Joan O'Connor and her grandson, Christopher O'Connor
Four brothers at war: David, Michael, Maurice and Billy Condon
My father, David Condon was a Captain in the Royal Munster Fusiliers in WW1. He was born in 1888 in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Before he was born his family had been evicted from their farm. When my father was 20, he went to Dublin to work in a draper's shop. He joined the army there along with his three brothers, Michael, Maurice and Billy. Amazingly, they all survived the war. David didn't even suffer an injury although he had a lucky escape when a sniper shot a much taller companion in the head as he stood beside him in the trench. The companion's name was Colonel Kane. Other than this story he never liked to talk about the war very much. He was mentioned in a despatch by Field Marshal Haig for his gallant and distinguished service in the field. He hated going to funerals as he had seen the finest of young men laid in the ground with a mere hurried few words and none of the pomp and ceremony some funerals had. He joined the army in 1915 and was recalled from the front in 1917. He was commissioned after a course at the Officers Training College in Bristol. He became a steward of Borrmount Manor, Co. Wexford for Loftus Bryan after the war and then bought a farm in the locality.
The four Condon brothers; David Condon; button of the Royal Munster Fusiliers; print by Matana of last absolution of the Munster Fusiliers at Mons; Victory Medal; Christopher O'Connor's project on his great grandfather.