Other names: Robert Michael
Locations in this story: Sixpenny Handley, DorsetMinchington, Farnham, DorsetTollard Royal, WiltshireBalkansTisbury, WiltshireBarford, WiltshirePoole, Dorset
Story: Robert Michael Conway was born in Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 12 May 1887 and baptised at nearby Farnham, Dorset, the son of Robert Conway and Eliza Ann Conway (nee Raymond). He lived his early life in and around Minchington, Farnham, Dorset, until by 1911 the family had moved to Farnham Farm, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. He had enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 14844) and served in the Balkans from 31 Oct 1915 with the 1st and later the 5th Battalions. He was discharged on 22 Apr 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. His marriage to Louisa Weeks during 1919 was registered at Tisbury, Wiltshire. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Poplar Farm, Barford, Wiltshire, working as a Shepherd. His death was registered in Poole, Dorset, during 1976. His brother, Edwin Charles Conway, had also enlisted but was quickly discharged on health grounds.