William Holt Conroy

William Holt Conroy was a former pupil of Royal Belfast Academical Institution. He served on HMS Kite when it came under U-Boat attack on 21st August 1944.

Ordinary Telegraphist

William Holt Conroy

D/JX 619388

Ordinary Telegraphist William Holt Conroy served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and was on board the ill-fated HMS Kite when it came under torpedo attack on 21st August 1944.

Ordinary Telegraphist William Holt Conroy (D/JX 619388) served in the Royal Navy during World War Two. Born on 31st August 1917, he was the youngest son of William Henry Conroy and Charlotte Conroy (née Coates) of 20 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast, Co. Antrim.

His father was an assistant cashier at Belfast City Hall, Belfast, Co. Antrim and his older brother Lieutenant WT Conroy served in an Ulster Light Anti-Aircraft Battery of the Royal Artillery. Before the outbreak of World War Two, William’s education took place at Royal Belfast Academical Institution.

Memorial to William Holt Conroy

WartimeNI Photo: A family memorial on the Conroy family grave in Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim to Ordinary Telegraphist William Holt Conroy of the Royal Navy. Photo taken on tour of Belfast City Cemetery with Peter McCabe in Spring 2017. Copyright Scott Edgar - WartimeNI.

William died on 21st August 1944 aged 26 years old. He was a member of the crew on HMS Kite when it came under attack from U-344 under the command of Ulrich Pietsch. Only 9 of those on board survived with 217 officers and ratings dying as the vessel went down.

William Holt Conroy has no known grave. His name is on Panel 88, Column 3 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Plymouth, Devon. His name is also on the family memorial at Grave I-550 of Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim.