No.3523 Lance Corporal John Edmund Connop
John Edmund Connop was born in 1893 in Little River to John and Margaret Connop. He had four brothers:
- Thomas (died after 1 year in 1900)
- another Thomas (born 1902) and
- Edward Joseph (also died in WW1, five days earlier than John)
- Mary Catherine (died 1893)
- Mary Margaret (born 1903)
John enlisted into the Army at Geelong, Victoria on 20 March 1916 with his next of kin listed as his mother Margaret Connop of the Little River Post Office. He was aged 22 years and 6 months and he was 5 feet and eight inches tall. John weighed 12 stone, 2 pounds and had a chest measurement of thirty eight inches. His complexion was listed as dark, with brown eyes and black hair.
John left Australia on 1 August 1916 on the Orsova and arrived in Plymouth on 19 September 1916. He proceeded overseas to France on 12 November 1916. On 2 March 1917, he was wounded in action and he embarked for England 21 March 1917. Where he was admitted to the 1st Eastern General Hospital Cambridge. John rejoined his unit on 1 June 1917 and proceeded to France 5 July 1917. He was promoted to Lance Corporal 12 October 1917. John was wounded and died on the 16 October 1917 in the field, in Belgium.
A notice appeared in the local press advising of his death.
"Death on Active services Connop – Died of gunshot wounds, 16th October, at the 17th Casualty Clearing Station, France. Private J. Connop, the dearly beloved second son of John and Margaret Connop of Little River, and the loved brother of Charles, late Sergt. Edward (previously died of wounds), Thomas, and Mary. Aged 24 years. Sadly missed."
Werribee Shire Banner, 1 November 1917, p.2.
Medal and Entitlements:
[received by his father]
- British War Medal - 27 March 1924
- Victory Medal - 28 March 1923
- Memorial Scroll - 15 June 1922
- Memorial Plaque - 9 October 1922
1917 'Family Notices.', Werribee Shire Banner (Vic. : 1911 - 1952), 1 November, p. 2, viewed 2 June, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74827225