George Conway MID

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George Conway MID
Conway George shop.jpg
Conway's store 1965 Cnr Albany road and Dorothy street
Personal Information
Date of Birth Not known
Place of Birth London, England
Death 21 Feb 1934, aged 52
Place of Death Gosnells, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 34 years, 5 months
Description 5'3¾" (1.62m) tall ; 112lbs
50.802 kg
; sallow complexion ; grey eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Labourer
Religion Church of England
Address Station road, Gosnells, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs M C Conway
Military Information
Reg Number 4264
Date of Enlistment 8 Sep 1915
Rank Lance Corporal
Unit/Formation 16th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement, transferred to 48th Battalion
Date of Embarkation 29 Jan 1916 ‒ 26 Feb 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A54 Runic
Date of Return 5 Nov 1917 ‒ 23 Dec 1917
Ship Returned On HMAT A32 Themistocles
Fate Wounded in action 22 Jan 1917
Returned to Australia - medical
Mentioned in Despatches AWM
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Gosnells Primary School Honour Roll
Gosnells Ward Honour Roll
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal
Mentioned in Despatches

Pre War

Previous service in England with the Royal Naval Reserve (7 years). George had married Mary Catherine Stephens in Neath, Wales in December 1907. They had three children, Doris, Albert and Margaret.

Electoral Roll entries: 1913 - 1917 Station road, Gosnells, farmer

War Service

Entered camp on 8 Sep 1915, before being allocated to the 13th reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion on 13 Nov 1915, and so travelled to Egypt with the draft. On 2 Apr 1916 as part of the AIF reorganisation and doubling in size in Egypt, he was transferred to the 48th Battalion. Following a period of training and defending the Suez Canal, during the evening of 1 Jun 1916 they travelled by rail from Serapeum to Alexandria where they boarded HMT Caledonia. At sea from 4 - 9 Jun, they were bundled into horse railway carriages and sent to northern France. A journey that took several days.

On 31 Jan 1917 George was appointed Lance Corporal, but was wounded in action soon after on 21 Feb 1917. The unit's War Diary says little about the action but "The Story of a Battalion-Being a record of the 48th Battalion, A.I.F." by W Devine tells us that an attack on German lines that occurred on the night of the 22nd without the assistance of Artillery. Misconceived, it failed but fortunately there were only three minor casualties. George being one of them, receiving a gunshot wound to his right shoulder. Given that George was Mentioned in Despatches we can assume that it was for his participation in the stunt, and that the correct date for his wounding is therefore 22 Feb 1917.

Admitted to the 18th General Hospital in Camiers after being treated by the 12th Australian Field Ambulance, he was evacuated to England aboard HS Stad Antwerpen from Calais on 28 Feb 1917 he was admitted to the 3rd Australian General Hospital in Brighton the same day. From 18 Apr - 3 May 1917 he enjoyed a furlough in England. Following his return to duty he moves about bases in England until it is decided to send him home on medical grounds - chronic rheumatism and general Debility.

Discharged by the 5th Military District on 8 May 1918.

Award Comment

Recommended 5 Mar 1917. Awarded and Promulgated 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No 30107 (1 Jun 1917) & 'Commonwealth Gazette', No 169 (4 Oct 1917).

Post War

From 1923 - 1930 George was the Gosnells Postmaster, operating out of his store on the corner of Albany road, and Dorothy street. George died on 21 Feb 1934 with his death attributed to war time injuries. His store was run by his children until it was sold in the 1950s. Mary died in 1972 in Mt Lawley.


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