Take a moment to visit the John Condon Memorial in Cathedral Square in the Viking Triangle. The memorial is dedicated to all Irish men and Women who have died in armed conflicts. Some 4,800 people from Waterford city and county fought in World War 1 and 1,100 of them perished.
John Condon (5 October 1896 - 24 May 1915) was an Irish soldier, long believed to have been the youngest soldier killed during the First World War on the Allied side, at the age of just 14 years.
Condon was from Wheelbarrow Lane in Waterford City. He lied about his age to join the Royal Irish Regiment as a reservist in 1913 and arrived in France in December 1914. John was attached to the Second Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment and was involved in the Second Battle of Ypres in April and May 1915 when the Germans used poison gas to attack the Allies’ position and he died in the gas attack on May 24th, the second last day of the battle. He is buried at Poelkapelle near Ypres and his headstone records that he was just 14 years old and, according to Commonwealth War Graves Comission records, he was the ‘Youngest Known Battle Casualty of the War’ which has resulted in his grave being one of the most visited of the war graves.
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