William Conway

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Conway, Lance-Corporal William no.2566

13th Battalion.


Born 1887 at Berry, son of Daniel and Helena Conway.

Educated at St Patrick’s Convent School, Berry.

Enlisted at Berry 3/6/1915.

Casualty list DT 23/3/1917 Killed in action.

Rank given as Private.

Died 30/8/1916 at Mouquet Farm, near Pozieres, aged 28 years 9 months.

Memorial: Villers-Bretormeux Memorial.

AWM File IDRL428 Letters to Red Cross re Australian servicemen:

Private Maher no. 1988 no. 13 General Hospital Boulogne: Both these men came back into our trench after the charge, and I saw them, and spoke to Cottle. Then both these fellows went out together with some others in the early morning to look fo r wounded. We could hear the wounded crying out in the night, but Privates Conway and Cottle never came back and no one saw where they went. In the charge which took place at Pozieres at about 11 pm on August 14th we occupied the first line and had to come back to our own line again. The Germans allowed us to go out in the morning and get in the wounded, but we never found these two men.

Sergeant F. J. Darke no.2580 C Company, 51 General Hospital, Etaples, 14/3/1917: They were in the “hop over " at Pozieres on the 29th August and got through it safely. The three o f them went out afterwards to look for the wounded Sergeant P. Kibble C Company IX Platoon saw them go out He told me about it and that they did not come back. They must have been blown up by a shell. I am certain they did not get back There was heavy shelling all that night. They all belonged to C Company.

Letter received: Warwick Street Central Bankstown Sydney; Australia 27/2/1917

Dear Friends, Could you find out for me if my Husband no.2566 Temporary Corporal William Conway,; is a Prisoner of War. I got word to say he is missing since the 29th August 1916 and have heard nothing more about him. I am very worried over him. I cannot make it out where he could be if you could find out for me I would be so pleased and thankful He is very tall and fair, he left Australia 9th August 1915 with the 13th Battalion. Please send any news you hear to me. I am his wife and I have two little girls hoping he is still safe where ever he may be. Oblige

Mrs R. Conway

Brothers, Daniel Conway (killed) and James Conway (returned).

Information from Ruby Rose Conway, wife, Austral Street, Kogarah.

Anzac Memorial Killed in Action 30/8/1916

Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1822496/ [accessed 18/11/2016].

Special acknowledgement

The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002