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2044 PRIVATE DANIEL BYRNE, IRISH GUARDS :

1914 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal 1914-19 (2044 Pte., Ir.Gds.) (Irish Guards) : (DANIEL BYRNE - Following the outbreak of the First World War, 1st.Battalion, The Irish Guards was deployed to France almost immediately, and remained on the Western Front for the duration of the war. The recipient landed at Le Havre on 13 August 1914 with 1st.Battalion, and would have been present at the Battle of Mons and with the Battalion when it formed the rearguard during the Great Retreat : Then followed one of the bloodest battles of 1914, the First Battle of Ypres, which began on 19 October and which left major casualties among the old Regular Army : The Battalion was involved in fighting for the duration of "First Ypres"; at Langemarck; Gheluvelt and Nonne Bosschen and suffered huge casualties between 1-8 November, in holding the line against near defeat by German forces, while defending Klein Zillebeke : In May 1915 the 1st.Irish Guards took part in the Battle of Festubert, and then in September, the Battle of Loos, which lasted from 25 September until early October 1915 : With the commencement of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916 the Battalion took part in the action at Flers-Courcelette where it suffered severe casualties in an attack in the face of withering fire from German machine-guns : The Battalion went on to fight in the action at Morval before being relieved by the 2nd.Irish Guards : In 1917 the Battalion was present in the action at Pilckem, during the Third Battle of Ypres, and later in that year, the Battle of Cambrai : During 1918, the Battalion fought in a number of engagements during the Second Battle of the Somme, including Arras and Albert and went on to take part in a number of battles during the British offensives against the Hindenburg Line : The recipient's medals were sent him at Langham Hotel 'Staff', Langham Place, London W. on 27 May 1924, no indication given on Medal Information Card or Medal Roll as to entitlement to 'Aug-Nov 1914' Bar.) : Sold with verification NEF - £375