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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Guysborough Enlistment - September 8, 1916

George Edward Conley (Connolly), was born at Glace Bay, NS on February 10, 1899. His parents, Thomas and Ada Conley, were living at Port Mulgrave, Guysborough County when George enlisted with No. 2 Construction Battalion at Pictou, NS on September 8, 1916. At that time, George was six months shy of his eighteenth birthday.

George departed Nova Scotia with No. 2 Construction Battalion on March 25, 1917 and arrived at Liverpool, England two weeks later. He proceeded to France with his unit on May 17, 1917, spending his entire overseas service working alongside Canadian Forestry Corps units at Jura District, close to the French border with Switzerland.

Upon returning to Canada, George was discharged from military service on February 15, 1919 and returned to Glace Bay, where he worked in the local coal mines and married Ida Jane Talbot in 1929. Later in life, George relocated to the Mulgrave, joining the local Royal Canadian Legion in 1955. He passed away on March 26, 1963.

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