Conlon, John James

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Geoffrey Alexander Mitchell

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Holywell War Memorial

Name / Enw: Conlon, John James

Regiment/Catrawd: RAMC attached to 14th Cavalry Brigade Field Ambulance

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 67092

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Beirut War Cemetery

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: 289

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Lebanon

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: 1915 Star, Victory Medal, British War Medal

Date of Death: 27th October 1918

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

John James Conlon died of Pneumonia whilst a patient at The Armenian Hospital, Allepo, Syria on 27 October 1918, aged 29 years.

John James Conlon was born in Holywell, Flintshire during 1890.

The 1911 census states that the family resided at 16 Primrose Hill, Holywell at that time.  The head of the family was John Henry Conlon, a 48 year old General Labourer.   His wife Ann Conlon aged 44 and their 8 children, Thomas Conlon aged 23, who was employed as a House Painter, John James Conlon aged 21, a General Labourer, Anthony Conlon aged 17, a General Labourer, Frank Conlon aged 16, a General Labourer, Robert William Conlon aged 13, Joseph Conlon aged 10, Annie Conlon aged 6 and Maggie Conlon aged 2.

On 30 August 1915, John James Conlon who at this time resided at 32 Dodge Street, Liverpool and was employed as a Groom, enlisted in Sheffield as a Private in the Royal Army Medical Corps.  On enlistment he is described 5.6 tall, 36 Chest Measurement, Expansion 2″.  His physical development is described as good.  His Short Service Record (Attestation Certificate can be viewed on www.ancestry.co.uk), which states that he had previously served in the 5th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers for 6 years.

He arrived in France with the Battalion on 9 November 1915 and saw action there before embarkation for the Middle East on 4 April 1918.

Whilst on home leave from the front in France on 8 August 1917, he married Constance Mabel Wood in Leicester.

On 21 September 1918 he was admitted into hospital suffering from Pneumonia and died there on 27 October 1918.

On 27 March 1919 a payment of £14.3s.5d was made by the War Office to Constance Conlon, this being monies owed to her husband John.  On 16 April 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £18.10s.0d was also made to her.

John James Conlon is also remembered on the North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour card for John James Conlon at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, containing very little information.   Details of his medals were obtained from (www.forces-war-records.co.uk).