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Joseph Conlon (1893-1917)

Bishop Auckland man served as a stoker in the Royal Navy on HMS Nymphe

Joseph Conlon was born on 20 July 1893 in Bishop Auckland. His father was coal miner John Conlon (born 1855) from Shadforth. His mother was Catherine “Kate” Conlon nee Carney (born 1859) from Marley Hill. His parents married around 1879 and had six children, five of whom survived infancy. The family was made up of three girls and two boys. At the time of the 1901 census the Conlons lived at Old Pit, Framwellgate Moor. By 1911 they had moved to 28 Clyde Street, Chopwell. Joseph was working as a fireman at the time of this census.

Joseph joined the Royal Navy on 18 January 1917 to serve for the duration of hostilities. He was rated as a stoker 2nd class and given the service number K40101. He was serving on the destroyer HMS Nymphe on 9 July 1917 in the English Channel when it suffered an explosion. Joseph received a compound fracture of his skull and died of his injury in Haslar Naval Hospital, Gosport, Hampshire on 11 July 1917. He was buried in the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cemetery, Low Westwood.

Joseph Conlon was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal for his service in World War One.

Civil Parish: Chopwell

Birth date: 20-July-1893

Death date: 11-Jul-1917

Armed force/civilian: Navy

Residence: Old Pit, Framwellgate Moor (1901 census)
28 Clyde Street, Chopwell (1911 census)

Employment: Fireman (1911 census)

Family: Parents: John Conlon (b 1855), Catherine “Kate” Conlon nee Carney (b 1859)
Siblings: Jane Anne Conlon (b 1881), Maggie Conlon (b 1883), John Conlon (b 1885), Celia Conlon (b 1889)

Military service:

Royal Navy
Stoker 2nd class, 18 January 1917
Service Number K40101
HMS Nymphe

Medal(s): Victory Medal
British War Medal

Memorial(s): Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cemetery, Low Westwood

Gender: Male

Contributed by David D, Stanley, Co Durham

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