William Patrick Conway

First Name: 
William
Middle Name: 
Patrick
Last Name: 
Conway
Date of Birth: 
Tuesday, November 1, 1887
Mother's Name: 
Helena Conway nee Kinneally
Father's Name: 
Daniel Conway
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, June 3, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Corporal
Unit: 
13th Battalion
Company: 
C
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, August 30, 1916
Place of Death: 
Pozieres, France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

William Conway (Service No 2566) was born in Berry, N.S.W. and attended St Patrick's Convent school at Berry.  On 7th June 1911 he married Ruby Johnson in Bundaberg, Qld and the couple returned to the Illawarra to live and raise a family.

When William enlisted at the age of 27 he was employed as a bread carter, and he and Ruby had 2 children.

He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A54 Runic with 8th Reinforcements, 13th Battalion on 9th August 1915.

After the troops arrived in Egypt William became ill and was admitted to hospital on 13th October 1915.  He was not able to join his battalion until 8th January 1916.

William arrived in France on 8th June 1916 and took part in the battle at Pozieres.  On 19th August he was promoted to Corporal.  Only eleven days later, while fighting in the Mouquet Farm area, William entered no-man's-land looking for wounded men after a charge, but was never seen again.  He was later found to have been killed in action.

There is no known grave for William; he is commemorated on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.

William's brother Daniel Conway (Service No 4996) was killed in action at Viller-Bretonneux, France in May 1918.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, CONWAY W

Add new comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.