Lance Corporal John Conway

 

 

The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present. It appears that when the war began he was living with his mother, Maggie, at 47 Lecale Street, Belfast.

Conway enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 11 January 1915 (No.1395). He embarked for France with F Squadron on 17 November 1915.

In June 1916 F Squadron joined with C Squadron and the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to X Corps until September 1917, when the regiment was disbanded and its men transferred to the infantry. Most, including Conway, joined the 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers – renamed the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion – on 20 September. Conway was issued regimental number 41486 and posted to A Company. He probably saw action with the battalion in the Battle of Cambrai in November and December 1917.

Conway was one of the many of the battalion reported as missing following the retreat from St Quentin from 21 to 28 March 1918 during the German spring offensive. It was later reported that he had been made a prisoner of war. He was released soon after the Armistice, returning to England on 27 November 1918.

Conway re-enlisted in the Royal Irish Fusiliers on 20 February 1920 (No.33956, then No.7041937). He was discharged on 19 February 1922.

 

Image from the Belfast Evening Telegraph kindly provided by Nigel Henderson, Researcher at History Hub Ulster (www.greatwarbelfastclippings.com).