Military Medal for signalling officer

Second Lieut Charles Samuel IronsSecond Lieut Charles Samuel Irons, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, attached to the 9th East Surreys as Battalion Signalling Officer, was awarded the Military Medal, as recorded in a supplement of the London Gazette on April 2nd, 1919.

He was the only son of Samuel and Beatrice Irons, living with his mother's parents, Arthur and Sarah Furrell, at 60a Park Street, Luton.

The Luton News (February 20th, 1919) said no details were to hand at that point as to the nature of the work which secured him the MM. By then he was acting as Demobilisation Officer in France of the 9th East Surreys.

Charles, aged 21, had joined the Army three years previously and, after service in the ranks of the King's Royal Rifles, trained at Trinity College, Cambridge, for his commission.