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Michael Conway (MM)

Rank: Sergeant
Street: 14 St. Bridget's Terrace
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: 8 St. Michael's Road, Longford
Census 1901: Probable census entry at St. Michael's Road
Census 1911: Census of England & Wales - serving with the Royal Irish Fusiliers
Regiment/Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers, 1st Battalion
Regiment Number: 10086
Date of Death: 23-11-1917
Cause: Killed in action, (Battle of Cambrai), France
Memorial: Cambrai Memorial, Lourvelval, France.

Michael was born c.1892 in Longford, likely on the 12 August 1892 at the workhouse. Michael married Bridget (Biddy) Lally in January 1916, who resided at 14 St. Bridget's Terrace, Longford town. Anecdotally, it is said that Michael and Biddy married in the morning, and that afternoon he went off to war (returned to his battalion).

Sgt Conway enlisted with the army when he was of age, and is recorded as serving in India on the 1911 Census, when he was only 20. It is likely he reenlisted with the colours in Armagh for war service. He entered WW1 in December 1914 and was awarded the Military Medal in August 1917 for bravery on the field. He was killed in action during the Battle of Cambrai; one of over 230 casualties from his battalion on that day alone.

Michael's brotherCSM John Conway of the Australian Imperial Force, was killed during the Battle of the Somme, near Fromelles.

Parents Names: Probably the son of James Conway and Mary (née Farrell), Longford

Link to CWGC entryLink to will; Civil Record of marriage; possible Civil Record of birth; notice of Military Medal, London Gazette, August 1917

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