Conway, John James

Nationality:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
"C" Company, The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Infantry Division ("C" Company, The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Infantry Division)
Action:
Recommendation:
On 23 May 1944, "C" Company of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, commanded by Captain John James Conway was assaulting the Adolf Hitler line in the area Map Reference 7419.
As the attack progressed one of the forward platoons of "C" Company was pinned to the ground by fire from a machine gun post and the Platoon Commander was killed. As the momentum of the attack was in danger of being lost and immediate action was necessary, Captain Conway organised a detachment of four men from his Company Headquarters. He personally led them against the enemy machine gun position. One of his men in the act of throwing a grenade was wounded and the grenade fell to the ground. Captain Conway immediately picked it up, but as he was throwing it away, the grenade exploded and blew off his right hand. His fearlessness saved the remainder of his party from injury.
Without thought for himself, Captain Conway again led his men forward to silence the machine gun post. Three prisoners were taken and the remaining enemy killed. Captain Conway then reorganised his company, giving orders for the last phases of the attack before he allowed himself to be evacuated.
His coolness, courage and disregard for his own wounds were an inspiration to his men and largely responsible for maintaining the continued movement forward of the company.
Details:
Supplement to the London Gazette, 16 November, 1944.
Military Cross (MC)

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