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Stanley Conway

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Stanley AWMM
  • Surname
    Conway AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    24459 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 January 1910 AWMM IslingtonChristchurch AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 52 Hill Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr H. Conway (father), 86 Buchanans Rd, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 27 August 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • North Africa AWMM
    • Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    24459 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      5 November 1942 AWMM
      'On 16 July 1942 Lance Sergeant Conway was employed as an observation post assistant in the action at RUWEISAT RIDGE, Egypt, when his officer became a casualty. He promptly took command of the post and continued to shoot the guns with deliberation, coolness and effect. It was not possible to send up relief immediately but Lance Sergeant Conway was undeterred. Taking the telephone himself, he crawled forward from the observation post under heavy fire and gave directions which enabled some enemy tanks and machine-gunners to be driven off. Throughout the day and on subsequent occasions he controlled the fire of his troop skilfully and with marked effect.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Conway, Stanley. (Ref. WO 373/22/116). Military Medal. AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star (8th Army clasp) AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Clerk AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded 22 December 1944 AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • "24450 Lieutenant S.Conway, MM. Born at Islington, NZ, 19.1.1910, clerk. Embarked 3rd Echelon, 2nd NZEF, 27.8.40; commissioned 2Lt 12.6.43; returned 11.6.44; promoted Lt 12.6.44; re-embarked 13th Reinforcements 28.9.44; wounded 22.12.44; returned 3.8.45; to Retired List 18.2.46. Served with 6 NZ Fd Regt, 5 NZ Fd Regt, NZA, in Middle East, North Africa, Italy. Award Military Medal, 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, 8th Army Clasp, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45, NZ War Service Medal." (from "Honours and Awards of the 2NZEF: the Military Medal")

    Member of the New Zealand Alpine Club: "It was not until I had known Stan for over twenty years that I found out second-hand that he had been decorated for an outstanding series of acts of heroism and cool judgement under heavy fire near Ruweisat Ridge in 1942. (from the New Zealand Alpine Journal, 1983)

    Lieutenant S. Conway, MM; Wellington; born Islington, 19 Jan 1910; accountant, NZ Railways; wounded 22 Dec 1944. (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p.347.)

    'The 16th ended in a crescendo of fire by the NZ field guns and the 64th Medium against enemy armour to the north-west. The attack was not directly against the Division, but the New Zealanders opposed it strongly and the 4th Field alone fired 2224 rounds this day. In the 6th Field Sergeant Conway as an OPA took command of his OP when his officer was wounded and continued to shoot the guns coolly and effectively. When the attack was at its height and visibility from the OP inadequate, he took the telephone and crawled forward under heavy fire to gain observation and bring down fire on tanks and machine-gunners. For this and similar work later he was awarded an MM.' (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p. 347.) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    1982 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • For you, Uncle Stan. With love, Clare
    Public - Clare - Other Relative - 3 June 2015
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Sources

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    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East.' (London Gazette, 5 November 1942, p.4797.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35771/supplements/4797
      Further Reference
    • 'On 16 July 1942 Lance Sergeant Conway was employed as an observation post assistant in the action at RUWEISAT RIDGE, Egypt, when his officer became a casualty. He promptly took command of the post and continued to shoot the guns with deliberation, coolness and effect. It was not possible to send up relief immediately but Lance Sergeant Conway was undeterred. Taking the telephone himself, he crawled forward from the observation post under heavy fire and gave directions which enabled some enemy tanks and machine-gunners to be driven off. Throughout the day and on subsequent occasions he controlled the fire of his troop skilfully and with marked effect.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Conway, Stanley. (Ref. WO 373/22/116). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7359903
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Sutherland, J. (1989). Gallantry awards to New Zealanders in World War Two. Christchurch, N.Z.: Regal Medals. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 96 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 14: WW2 21 AWMM
    • New Zealand Alpine journal AWMM
      The New Zealand Alpine Journal, 1983 (includes photograph) AWMM
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.347. AWMM

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31 October 2017NicholasPalmerston North, New ZealandResearcher
03 June 2015ClareAuckland New ZealandOther Relative

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