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John Condon - VIDEO

(Janet Dowd)
April 30, 2010
Written by Tracey McRory, Richard Laird & Sam Starrett. Janet Dowd - vocal, Jonathan Toman - guitars, David Lyttle - cello

Private John Condon (No. 2622) of 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rangers, came from Waterford in Ireland. He is believed to have been the youngest soldier killed in the Great War of 1914-18, he was 14 years old. He arrived on the Western Front in March 1915 and 2 months later was killed by a German gas attack. His grave is in Poelcapple Military Cemetery in Belgium.

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JOHN CONDON

 

Just a day, another day beneath the Belgian sun

Past grave on grave, row upon row until I see the name, John Condon

Carved in stone, the harp and crown, little crosses in the ground

And standing there, my silent prayer is for a boy who died a soldier

Wee lad who’ll not grow old, heroes that don’t come home

Here they lie in Belgian fields and Picardy

 

Just a recruit in soldiers boots, from Irelands shores to here

This living hell, this Poelcapelle, where young men fell like you, John Condon

And all around the harp and crown, the crosses on the ground

Stand up in proof, the bitter truth, the waste of youth that lies forgotten

Wee lad who’ll not grow old, heroes that don’t come home

Here they lie in Belgian fields and Picardy

 

Now tell me John, before I go on, what did you come here for?

With Irelands bold, your life untold, 14years old, to die a soldier?

And all around the harp and crown and crosses in the ground

What cause was served, so undeserved

 

Heroes the don’t come home, sing out for all their souls

Here they lie in Belgian fields, and Picardy