Queen’s South Africa, 4 bars, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal (erased), Sergeant J.A. Byrne, Essex Regiment, awarded the D.C.M. in WW1 serving as Traffic Sergeant with the R.W.F.
QSA impressed “4616 Pte J. Byrne, Essex Regt”
1914-15 Star impressed “16964 Pte J.A. Byrne. Essex. R.”
British War Medal impressed “16964 A. Sjt. J.A. Byrne. Essex. R.”
Victory medal an erased gap filler.
During WW1, James Byrne, from Clacton-on-Sea, was transferred from the Essex Regiment to the 14th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers and as Acting Sergeant, presumably on attachment to a Divisional Traffic Control Company, he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, announced in the New Years honours in 1919 and with citation in the L.G. on 3rd September 1919;
“For Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the period 23rd August to 21st September 1918, whilst traffic sergeant.
Frequently under heavy shell fire, particularly on the night of the 15th September on the Fins-Equancourt Road, he showed a total disregard for his personal safety. By his courage and untiring energy he sat an example to his men which ensured the complete success of the traffic control in the Divisional Area. His work was of an exceptionally high standard