Conway, Henry

Conway H S KIA

Conway, Henry Stephen (Private - Gunner) (KIA)

Born at Carrieton, South Australia on 1st May 1895 he was aged 20 years and 4 months when he enlisted at Adelaide on 6th September 1915. 

His service records listed him as single and a blacksmith. His father, Herbert Edward Conway, was deceased and his mother, Mrs Amelia (or Amelie/Emilie) Bertha Dawson (ex Conway, nee Schultze), had remarried a William Dawson and resided at Mt Compass (Section 231 Hd Nangkita). 

Henry took part in the 1915 farewell social held in Mt Compass for the seven local young men who had recently enlisted. This was the same occasion that farewelled Oliver Norman, who also lost his life in this war.

From his service record, we can see that Henry was 5’ 5’’ (1.65m) tall, weighed 66.2 kilograms and had “a fair complexion, blue eyes and dark brown hair”. His religion was listed as Anglican.

He embarked from Melbourne for service in France with, initially the 2nd/6th Field Artillery Brigade and then the 22nd. He was wounded in action in the field on 2nd September 1916 with gunshot wounds to his skull, face, thorax & neck and was admitted to the 13th Field Ambulance. 

He died of his wounds two days later, on 4th September, aged 21 years. He was buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery.

The following piece appeared in the 1918 Adelaide Chronicle, on the 2nd anniversary of his death:

Duty called him, he was there,

To do his bit and take his share,

His heart was good, his spirit brave, 

His resting-place a soldier’s grave,

Rest on in peace, O soldier brave.

-Inserted by his loving mother and sister Eileen, Mount Compass.


His mother died on 2nd June 1950, aged 86 years, and lies in Waikerie Cemetery. 

Reference: “A Guide Behind The Lines” by Richard Kleinig and trove.nla.gov.au