Arthur Convey

KOYLIPrivate, 4337, 1/5th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, killed in action, 20th July 1916, aged 19/20

Born at Aidrie, near Glasgow, in 1897, Arthur was the son of Isabella Convey, who was also from Glasgow. His father may have been called Michael? In 1911 the Convey’s were visitors to a family in Mansfield, with Mrs Convey by then a widow working as a charwoman.

Their exact connection to Luddington is unclear but the Goole Times records the death of Arthur Convey from Luddington, with his mother a widow.

According to his service number Arthur enlisted as a territorial soldier in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry at Doncaster in late 1914 or early 1915. He went out to France in 1916, probably just in time for the Battle of the Somme.

In France Arthur joined the 1/5th KOYLI who had been there since May 1915, serving with 148th Brigade in 49th (West Riding) Division. The 1/5th KOYLI were not involved on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, but they did move up on 7th July, taking over part of the Leipzig Sector outside of Authuille. A former German strong point that had been captured on 2nd July, on 20th July the German began a heavy artillery bombardment of the area, prior to a troop attack to attempt to win it back. Unfortunately Arthur Convey was one of the victims of the bombardment.

Arthur is buried in Authuile Military Cemetery.