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Royal Irish Fusiliers


Dalcassian

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Hi, I'm new to posting and would like to know is it possible to trace what engagements my uncle took part in if I have his seriel number and battalion?

I know he was in France and there is a family story that he was in The Dardelles.

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As a result of my researchers work I now know my uncle Albert enlisted on the 9th of December 1910 after his 18th birthday, which was on 29th September. As Private A Condon (10559) he disembarked for France and Flanders on 19th December 1914.

He married Julia Courtney from Dundrum in 1915 and his address was given as Luddan Camp, Buncrana, County Donegal. So he must have been home on leave at this time.

Albert served in the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, the 1st Battalion, the 6th Battalion and finally the 5/6th Battalion. By the 28th of August 1918 he was a Sergeant when he was discharged due to wounds. I cannot find out what his injuries were as his medical file was destroyed in the Second World War. The irony of this is that the cause of their destruction was the German bombing of London!

Will this help with tracing his action in WW1?

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Hi Dalcasian. There's lots of stuff on the parent Long Long Trail site: Both specific to the R.I.Fus & the divisions that their battalions served with.

As he landed in France on 19th December 1914, it looks like he was 2nd battalion 82nd Brigade, 27th Division. Check this page to see that they were in India prior to the war.

http://www.1914-1918.net/rifus.htm See also the outline of the other battalions' movements.

This page gives an outline of what the 27th Division was up to.

http://www.1914-1918.net/27div.htm

As you say he was married in 1915 I'm wondering if he was posted directly to the 6th Battalion when he was on leave?

This page cover the 10th Irish Division (for 6th & 5th/6th Bns) http://www.1914-1918.net/10div.htm

Via the first link you can see that the 5th/6th Bn arrive in France May 1918, briefly under 66th Div before going to 16th Irish

http://www.1914-1918.net/66div.htm

http://www.1914-1918.net/16div.htm

When was he with the 1st Bn? They were attached to the 4th & 36th Ulster Divisions

http://www.1914-1918.net/4div.htm

http://www.1914-1918.net/36div.htm

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Hi

Thanks for all the information.

Albert enlisted in the R.I.F. on the 9th of December 1910. RN:10559

I know I had a copy of a page from a Journal from when Albert was in a training camp in the north of Ireland. It said he had completed an education course and had passed. I cannot find it.

I have found him on the 1911 UK Census at the St Lucia Military Barracks in Bordon, Alton, Hampshire as a 19 year old Private in the 1st Battalion of the R.I.F.

His Victory and War Medal Roll below gives his Units and Corp transfers.

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In sequence Units and Corps

previously served with by each

Individual and Regtl. Nos

therein; the highest rank, whether

substantive, acting or temporary,

recorded as having been held

for any period in a theatre of War,

unless reverted for misconduct,

being shown against the name of

the regiment or Corps which is

to be inscribed on the medal.

Regtl. No Rank Name

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10559 Sgt. CONDON Albert 2 R.Ir.Fus. 10559

Sgt.

1 R.Ir.Fus. 10559

6 R.Ir.Fus. 10559

5/6 R.Ir.Fus. 10559

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On his Discharge he was a Private again! Was the Sgt a Temporary Field Promotion?

10559 Pte. Condon A. Embarked 19-12-14. 1. Discharged 28-8-18.

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Reason for discharge was given as "Wounds".

His medical records were destroyed by German bombers in the 2nd WW!

Are there any field hospital records in existance?

Will this help to trace his movements?

Thanks Guys.

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