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14270   Rifleman Robert Conroy
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 06/02/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Labour Corps (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 08/01/1878
Died: 10/06/1918 (Died of Illness)
Age: 40
Summary      
Robert Conroy was believed to have been the second son of Robert and Martha Conroy. He was born in Dungannon on 8th January 1878. The family moved to Belfast around 1881. He may have been a brass finisher bfore moving to Holme, Westmoreland, England. He served initially with the Royal Irish Rifles. He later transferred to the Labour Corps. Private Robert Conroy died of bronchitis and cardiac failure on 10th June 1918 at the Camp Hospital at Newtownards Military Camp.
Further Information
The following information about the family is solely derived from his death certificate giving his age as 42, and knowing he was born in the Dungannon area. The best match was found and information extrapolated from there. There is NOTHING to substantiate this speculated family at present.
Robert Conroy was the second son of Robert and Martha Conroy. Robert Conroy and Martha Doyle were married on 1st October 1875 in the Dungannon area.
Robert Conroy was the second son of Robert and Martha Conroy. Robert Conroy and Martha Doyle were married on 1st October 1875 in the Dungannon area.
Robert Conroy was born in Dungannon on 8th January 1878. He was the second of at least ten children.
The family moved to Belfast around 1881.
Known family: Robert Conroy, Martha Conroy, William Conroy (born 16th April 1876, Dungannon), Robert Conroy (born 8th January 1878, Dungannon), Thomas Conroy (born 3rd May 1880, Dungannon), Lizzie Mary Conroy (born 17th August 1882, Belfast), John Conroy (born about 1883, Belfast), Samuel Conroy (2nd November 1886, Belfast), Martha Conroy (born 15th October 1888, Belfast), Annie Conroy (born 16th March 1891, Belfast), William Conroy (born 13th April 1893, Belfast), Isaac Conroy (born 1st June 1895, Belfast).
The 1911 census possibly lists Robert as age 22, living with the family at house 8 in Devonshire Street, Belfast. Robert was a brass finisher. His father was a blacksmith's helper.
Robert Conroy enlisted with the Royal Irish Rifles, Service No 14270.
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Private Robert Conroy arrived in France on 2nd October 1915 with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles (tbc).
Private Robert Conroy later transferred to the Labour Corps with the Service No 109269.
Robert was married and he lived in Holme, Westmoreland, England. He was a labourer on Queen's Island, Belfast. He was a Private in the Labour Corps.
Private Robert Conroy died of bronchitis and cardiac failure on 10th June 1918 at the Camp Hospital at Newtownards Military Camp.
Private Conroy is buried in Holme (Holy Trinity) Churchyard in Kirby Lonsdale, Westmorland, England.
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1 1901 Census lists Conroy family Possibly lists Robert as age 22, living with the family at house 8 in Devonshire Street, Falls, Antrim
2 Forum - Holme Photo of Robert Conroy's gravestone
3 Forum discussion (GWF) Details of death
4 Ireland Memorial Record Lists Robert Conroy, born Dungannon
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2021