Mark Connell was born in Birkenhead in 1891 , the son of Irish parents. In civilian life he worked in the Dockyards at Birkenhead as a Labourer. Connell was a member of the BEF landing on the Western Front on the 19th of August 1914 with the 15th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.
Connell was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, while serving with the 14th Brigade for the following deeds. The award along with citation was announced in the London Gazette on 5th December 1918.
' For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Three times backwards and forwards over 2,000 yards of shell-swept ground this N.C.O carried messages between his post at Battalion Headquarters and the battery, as all wires had been cut. Two days later, while the battery was being heavily shelled, he was of the greatest assistance in attending to and placing the wounded undercover. He showed marked energy and courage'
It is likely that the action took place in August or September 1918.
Correctly impressed = 69290 GNR: - L. BMBR: - M Connell A.14 / A. BDE: R.F.A.
Condition = VF (edge bruising above surname and over 'A' in A.14)