D.C.M. (G.V.), B.W.M., Victory, France, Croix de Guerre, bronze, reverse dated 1914-1917, with bronze palm Memorial Plaque R. Berks R

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D.C.M. (G.V.),  B.W.M., Victory,  France,  Croix de Guerre, bronze, reverse dated 1914-1917, with bronze palm  Memorial Plaque (William Alfred Connor)
 
L. Sgt./A. Sjt. W. A. Connor. R. Berks. R.)
 
D.C.M. L.G. 22/10/1917.
 
‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of an advanced post. An enemy counter-attack drove back the troops on his flank, but he held on to his post, covering the withdrawal, and when outflanked fought his way back with his men and re-joined his battalion. He showed great fearlessness and initiative.’
 
Croix de Guerre L.G.  14/7/1917.
 
Albert William Connor was born in Holborn in 1889, the second son of Jeremiah Connor of 110 Roslyn Road, Tottenham. He was educated at Broad Lane School, Tottenham. He  he enlisted into the 2/ Royal Berkshire Regiment at Shoreditch in 1916. The Battalion took part in the Battle of Pilckem Ridge on 31 July-2 August 1917, and he was twice decorated for this action. The Regimental History records that he took command of a party holding an advanced post in a blocked communication trench. Seizing a Lewis gun, he held on for 36 hours ‘under the most trying circumstances’, allowing the rest of his Battalion to withdraw. He was quickly promoted to Lance-Sergeant.
 
He was killed in action during the Battle of Passchendaele on 15 October 1917, aged 28. His Company commander, Captain J. A. Lowe, wrote to his younger brother, (extract from De Fuvigny's Roll of Honour)
 
‘In reply to your letter asking for particulars of the death of your brother [Albert], may I first say how sorry I was to lose him. He was an excellent N.C.O. and well-liked by all the company. He was killed by the bursting of a shell which hit the top of his dugout and buried him... He is buried in a cemetery about three miles behind our line.’
 
An original newspaper cutting accompanies the group, in memory by Sgt Connor's mother
 
'In loving memory of my dear son, Sgt. A.W. Connor, Royal Berkshires, who was killed in action, October 15th, 1917. The second son to be killed in acion, the third a prisoner of war,
 
‘One year has passed and friends around me Think the wound is almost healed;
But they little know the sorrow Deep within our hearts concealed.’
 
From his broken hearted Mum, Dad, Sisters and Brother'
 
A fine Berks. group and an emotive lot.
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