23076, Major (temp Lieutenant Colonel), 24 Battalion, New Zealand Infantry, WW2

Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 15 June 1943, Supp 36057, p2759
Lt Col Conolly commanded the left battalion in the tank and infantry attack east of the Roman Wall on the afternoon of 26 March 1943. About 1,000 yards short of the objective a minefield was found on the left portion of the battalion front and tanks were not able to assist the infantry in that area. The barrage had passed on and the battalion had to deal with a strong enemy position in daylight with the support only of their own weapons. After heavy fighting the position was successfully taken from the Germans with many prisoners and as soon as darkness fell, Lt Col Conolly organised his reserve company to destroy the many enemy pockets still holding out on the left flank of the position. Throughout the attack he traveled in a carrier organising and leading his command and inspiring them with his own courage and determination

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 22 June 1943, Supp 36065, p2866

Distinguished Service Order
1939-45 Star
Africa Star
Italy Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
       Mention in Despatches
New Zealand War Service Medal
Coronation Medal 1953
Efficiency Decoration and 2 bars

Born 15 August 1908, Waihi, New Zealand