Other names: Harry Edward
Locations in this story: Farnham, DorsetMelbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetWimborne St. Giles, DorsetFrance & FlandersCharlton, Donhead St. Mary. WiltshireHamworthy, DorsetPoole, DorsetShaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Harry Edward Conway was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 25 Apr 1892 the son of Frederick Charles Conway and Annie Conway (nee Whitlock). By 1901 the family had moved to Melbury Waters, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset and later, by 1911, Harry had moved to Creech Hill, Wimborne St. Giles, Dorset, where he was lodging and working as an Under Carter on a farm. He had enlisted and joined the 1st Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment as a Private (later being promoted to Corporal). (Service No. 9631). He served in France and Flanders from 3 Dec 1914 where he suffered gunshot wounds to his head, left hip and foot. As a result of these wounds he was later transferred to the Recovery Section of the Labour Corps (Service No. 96003). He was finally discharged on 23 Sep 1919 and awarded the Silver War Badge No. B284790 as well as the Victory and British War Medals and the 1915 Star. He had married Frances Maud Matthews in Hamworthy, Dorset, on 23 Dec 1915. On his pension record his address was given as 11 Charlton, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire. though by the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 248 Blandford Road, Poole, Dorset, working as a Petroleum Yard Hand. His death was recorded in Poole during 1985. Harry's brothers, Alfred Charles Conway and William Frederick Conway, also served in the conflict but regrettably Alfred was killed in action. All their names appeared on a Roll of Honour published in the St. James' Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, Parish Magazine in Nov 1918.