Henry Conquest

Surname: Conquest
Other names: Henry
Other people in this story:
Lewis Conquest
Caroline Conquest (nee Patten)
Maud Wrixon
Alice E. Champion
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Bournemouth, Hampshire
France & Flanders
Alton, Hampshire
Kensington, London
Fulham, London

Henry (aka Harry) Conquest was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 3 Jan 1893 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, on 29 Jan 1893 the son of Lewis Conquest, a Police Constable, and Caroline Conquest (nee Patten).  His lived his early life in Bell Street, Shaftesbury, until by 1901 the family had moved to Tollard Royal, Wiltshire.  By 1911 he was working at the Elvaston Stables, West Hill Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire, as a Coachman.   He had enlisted on 31 Aug 1911 with the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 66773).  He married Maud Wrixon on 16 Feb 1914 in Alton, Hampshire.  He had apparently deserted on 6 Sep 1914 at the same time whilst being sued for marital desertion by his wife and on his rejoining the Artillery on 15 Jan 1915 had been punished accordingly losing all previous service time as a result.  He had then served in France & Flanders from 8 Jul 1915 with the 213 Siege Battery and had received gunshot wounds to his left shoulder causing a compound fracture on 18 Oct 1917.   He was transferred to the Reserve Battery and eventually discharged as being no longer physically fit on 25 Oct 1918. He was awarded the Silver War Badge No. B34995 as well as the Victory and British War Medals along with the 1914/15 Star.  It is presumed his earlier marriage was dissolved as he re-married Alice E. Champion in Kensington, London, during 1928.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 196 New Kings Road, Fulham, London, working as a Caterer.  His death was recorded in Fulham during 1959.


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