Frederick Conroy

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CONROY, Frederick

Service no: 2350 [1]

Place of birth: Murwillumbah

Address: Post Office, Orange

Occupation: Labourer

Next of kin: Joseph Conroy (brother), Murwillumbah, later Marion Clarke, Central Hotel, Summer Street, Orange

Date of enlistment: 22 July 1915

Place of enlistment: Liverpool

Age at enlistment: 22

Fate: Embarked HMAT A32 Themistocles, Sydney, 5 October 1915. Taken on strength 17th Battalion 5 February 1916. Hospitalised, France, January 1917. Wounded in action, Somme, 3 February 1917. Died of wounds, 1/1st South Midland Casualty Clearing Station, France, 3 February 1917.

Date of death: 3 February 1917

Buried: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France, Plot 4, Row H, Grave 29

An enigma surrounds the birth and persons mentioned in the service records of Frederick Conroy. No record can be found in Murwillumbah of a birth registration for him or his brother Joseph (nominated as his next of kin) yet Frederick cited Murwillumbah as his birthplace on his attestation papers.

At the time of enlisting, Frederick Conroy gave his address as c/- the Post Office, Orange. He named Miss Dinah Clarke of the Prince of Wales Hotel in Orange as his beneficiary should he die during service.

Frederick Conroy was born in about 1892. In July 1915 he was working in Orange as a labourer, when he travelled to Liverpool to enlist in WWI. He formed part of the 17th Australian Infantry AIF and embarked at Sydney on 5 October 1915 via HMAT A32 Themistocles.

Frederick’s unit went onto France where he had two stays in hospital for scabies and diarrhoea. He rejoined his unit on 4 January 1917. Just one month later, on 3 February, he received multiple bomb wounds at the Somme. He died of his wounds at the 1/1st South Midland Casualty Clearing Station later that day.

Private Frederick Conroy is buried at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France, Plot 4, Row H, Grave 29 and is remembered on panel number 82 on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

  • Sharon Jameson and Margaret Nugent, January 2019
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