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Charles William Gordon CONROY

Regimental number4460
Place of birthThames, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationChemist
AddressOrange PO, Orange, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation41
Height5' 4.75"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs M J Conroy, Orange PO, Orange, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Rifle Corps in New Zealand.
Enlistment date25 October 1915
Place of enlistmentOrange, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 16 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death42
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 10), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
158
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 16 February 1916.

Found guilty, 9 March 1916, of (1) being absent without leave, (2) breaking ranks: fined £1.

Disembarked Egypt, 22 March 1916.

Joined 54th Bn, Ferry Post, 1 April 1916.

Admitted to No 14 Field Ambulance, Katoomba Heights, 23 May 1916; discharged to duty and rejoined unit, 26 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19/20 June 1916.

Previous report of missing now, 28 July 1916, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 19/20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 790109, 4433 Pte C.M. BAKER, 54th Bn (patient, 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, England), undated: 'Informant states that on July 20th 1916 at Fromelles he was fighting and Conroy was struck by a piece of shell. Iformant saw him fall and feels sure he was dead. It was between the 1st and 2nd lines of the German trenches.'

Second statement, 4804 Pte R.G. HUGHES, B Company, 54th Bn (patient, 3rd Southern General Hospital, Towen Hall, Oxford, England), 9 November 1916: 'I saw Pte. Conroy of B. Coy. V Platoon, wounded about a quarter to 6 July 19th. 1916. at Fromelles. He was wounded by a shell in his left chest aboove his heart. He fell down and was carried away on a stretcher. We were in our own front line at the time and 5 mins asfter Pte. Conroy was wounded, we made an advance and took some ground and held it all that night but we lost it again next morning.'

Third statement, 4493 Pte E.J. FULLER, 54th Bn (patient, No 5 General Hospital, Rouen), 29 November 1916: 'Informant states tha[t] Conroy was in the attack at Fromelles on date mentioned. He got wounded in the shoulder as he went "over the top" but fought on until the Battn. came back into their trench. Soon after he got back into the trench he was blown to pieces by a shell.'

Note on file: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CONROY Charles William Gordon
Red Cross file 790109

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