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William Matthew CONROY

Regimental number3163
Place of birthBenalla, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressMaud Street, Benalla, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMother, Mrs Bridget Conroy, Maud Street, Benalla, Victoria
Enlistment date1 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name6th Field Ambulance, Section A
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 4 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommisioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Displayed great courage and devotion to duty in charge of a party at Factory Post North of Flers.
Recommendation date: 19 November 1916

Military Cross

For gallantry and determination in leading bombing attacks in the Hindenburg Line, East of Bullecourt, when on two occasions he was instrumental in holding his post against enemy counter-attacks.
Recommendation date: 12 May 1917

FateDied of wounds 2 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records32
Place of burialYpres Reservoir Cemetery (Plot I, Row G, Grave No. 24), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Bridget CONROY, Maude Street, Benalla, Victoria

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. was in charge of the party stationed at FATORY POST, north of FLERS. During aheavy bombardment on the 14th November, 1916, he set out toassist a wounded man who was observed some 300 yards away; he dressed his wounds and carried him back to the dressing station. The excellent example of courage and resource displayed by this man throughout the while time in the line did much to preserve the esprit de corps of the men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He displayed great courage and determination in leading bombing attacks. On two occasions he repulsed enemy counter attacks. He was wounded on three occasions, but stuck to his post till ordered to go to the dressing station. His disregard to personal safety was most marked.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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