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Sergeant Denis Patrick Sullivan  M.M.  D.C.M.
1897 - 1973
   
By kind permission of his great nephew
Phil Roderick

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Sergeant Denis Patrick Sullivan  M.M.  D.C.M.
A Narrative
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Phil Roderick

The following is part of the letter from The Welch Regiment Museum regarding 25728 Denis Patrick Sullivan 17th and 18th (service) Battalions, The Welsh Regiment





Enclosed as requested the Military Medal and Distinguished Conduct Medal citations of D.P.Sullivan who was a brave and gallant soldier.

His gallantry and leadership at Mory, 23/24 March 1918,was such as to merit a mention in the official history of the regiment.

The 18th Welsh during four days, surrounded and fighting against great odds was virtually wiped out. Only the commanding Officer, one officer and twenty other ranks survived to tell the tale, and amongst them was D.P.Sullivan.

The remainder died at their posts or being wounded were taken prisoner.

Through their and other efforts the German advance was halted, and thereafter the course of the war turned in our favour.

Seargeant Sullivan's medals, two gallantry awards, have often been on display as part of the rotation on display of a large collection of medals

 

His other two medals The British War and Victory medals were not presented to the regiment.

The citations from the London gazette-

 

25728 Private Denis Patrick Sullivan 17th (service) Battalion, The Welsh Regiment
1st Glamorgan Bantam Battalion THE MILITARY MEDAL

For gallantry in the field and for great dash and courage during a raid on enemy trenches at La Vacquiere on the night of  5th / 6th May 1917
               


25728 Sergeant Denis Patrick Sullivan M.M. 18th (service) Battalion.The Welsh Regiment   THE DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when his company commander had been badly wounded. This N.C.O. took charge of two platoons and held on to the position for forty eight hours
without food or water,keeping up fire on the enemy until his ammunition was exausted.  He was eventually surrounded,but fought his way out, rejoining the battalion with the remnants of his men. The action took place near Mory on the
23rd /24th March, 1918 His gallantry was recorded in the official Regimental History.

 


Denis Patrick Sullivan was born in Cardiff in 1897 the son of Denis Sullivan and his wife Catherine Sullivan nee Manley.

His mother was to die in childbirth whilst he was on active duty in France.

Prior to the First World War he worked with his father as a ship's boiler descaler in Cardiff docks.
After the war he continued working in the docks until there was a slump in trade, then in the 1930s he went to work in Llanbradach coal mine, a few miles north of Cardiff.

During World War Two he was in the A.R.P. in Cardiff, whilst his younger brothers were away serving their country. (His brother, my grandfather Leo Sullivan, was in the Tank regiment but after a severe accident in training was transferred to the Pioneers at Folkstone. There, he was involved in the building of the floating dock used at Normandy.

The other two brothers John and Patrick were merchant seamen in the convoy ships. John was torpedoed three times whilst in the Murmansk convoys.)

After World War Two, Denis was employed by the Cardiff Water board in the Sewerage department.

Denis lived to a good age and died in Cardiff in 1973.