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Frederick William Conway

In memory of:

Gunner Frederick William Conway

November 21, 1950

Military Service


Service Number:

N-800142

Age:

25

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal Canadian Artillery

Division:

2 Field Regiment

Additional Information


Born:

November 4, 1925
Grand Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador

Enlistment:

August 22, 1950
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Son of Valentine and Bridget (née Boggan) Conway of Grand Falls, Newfoundland. Brother of Thomas, Henry, William, Mary, Kathleen and Nellie.

Brother of Sergeant John Charles Conway, who died while serving with the Royal Artillery.

He was employed as a labourer, attended Grand Falls Rural School and enjoyed playing socer, softball and baseball. He had previous service with the 166 Newfoundland Field Regiment from September 1943 to October 1945.

Commemorated on the Wall of Remembrance, Canoe River Memorial, Korean War Cairn and Canoe River Monument.

Commemorated on Page 13 of the Korean War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

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  • Memorial at Canoe River– Memorial at Canoe River train crash site.  In November of 1950 thousands of soldiers were sent to Fort Lewis, Washington, for training before their journey to Korea. They went by rail.  At 10:35 in the morning of November 21st, a troop train carrying 340 soldiers - soldiers of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery - was just east of the village of Canoe River, British Columbia. An express train on the same track was speeding in the opposite direction. And the two crashed, head-on. The troop train was tossed into the air, its engine thrown back onto the coach cars behind it. Steel cars were shattered by other steel cars in a raging inferno.  Seventeen Canadian soldiers died that morning, and the bodies of four of them were never found. Many of those who escaped death suffered horrible injury including massive burns.  The sacrifice made by the men at Canoe River was no less than that of all war veterans who died in the service of our country.  These Canoe River men also died so that others might live in peace. We remain eternally in their debt.
  • Monument– Reverse of Korean War Veterans War Memorial.  It is a memorial to the victims of the Canoe River crash. The monument is located in the Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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