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Conley, Robert
Humboldt, Saskatchewan
Died: Nov 1,1944

Commemorated at
Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Belgium

Robert Conley, born December 22, 1921 at Markethill, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, came to Canada with his family in 1928 under the Empire Settlement Plan, 1922, settling at Humboldt, Saskatchewan. Conley completed his senior matriculation at Humboldt High School in 1940 before studying engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. Single and a Cadet under the Cadet Officers’ Training Corps program at the university, Conley enlisted at Regina, Saskatchewan July 7, 1942. Commissioned in December 1942 and overseas in April 1943, Conley served with the Royal Canadian Artillery attached to 3 Anti-Tank Regiment as a Lieutenant during the Second World War. Landing on Juno Beach June 6, 1944 with the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, the 3 Anti-Tank Regiment coordinated anti-tank defences during the advance from Caen to Falaise. On November 1, 1944, Lieutenant Robert Conley died while advancing along the Rhine during the Battle of the Scheldt. He is commemorated at the Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Belgium. Son of William James (veteran of the First World War, Royal Irish Fusiliers) and Agnes Conley of Humboldt; brother of Jim, Dick, May, Jean, Isobel and Flying Officer William Conley (RCAF 431 Squadron, DFC); he was 22 years old. Conley Creek, Saskatchewan is named in his honour. Citation(s): 1939-1945 Star, France-Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp "The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example" - Benjamin Disraeli