Diamond War Memorial Project

Lieutenant Colonel John Staples Molesworth Lenox-Conyngham

6th Battalion Connaught Rangers. Regimental Number ----
Born: ---- Died: 1916-09-03 Aged: 55 Enlisted: ------

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Third son of Sir William F. Lenox-Conyngham, K.C.B., honorary colonel of the Londonderry Militia, and High Sheriff of the county of Londonderry.

Lieutenant Colonel John Lenox-Conyngham was a member of a well-known county Derry family, which had been settled at Spring Hill, Moneymore, since the beginning of the seventeenth century. He entered the army in January 1881, and was promoted to the rank of captain in December 1889. He attained field rank in July 1900, and was appointed second in command of his battalion ? the 2nd Connaught Rangers ? in February 1906. He retired on half pay in January 1912, but promptly volunteered for service on the opening of the Great War, being gazetted commanding officer of a service battalion of his old regiment. He was one of four brothers who served in the Great War, the others being Lieutenant Colonel W.A. Lenox-Conyngham (commanding a Carnarvon and Anglesey Territorial Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers), Colonel G.P. Lenox-Conyngham (Royal Engineers), and Lieutenant Colonel H.M. Lenox-Conyngham, F.R.C.V.S., Army Veterinary Corps, who was mentioned in despatches in 1915 by Field Marshall Viscount French. One of Lieutenant Colonel John Lenox-Conyngham's nephews, Lieutenant Commander J. Lenox-Conyngham Clark, R.N., was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order in recognition of his services with a destroyer flotilla during operations at the Dardanelles.

Lieutenant Colonel John Lenox-Conyngham married in 1891 Violet, second daughter of Mr Henry Beveridge Donaldson, of Melbourne. The Lenox-Conyngham family was descended from William Cunningham, a Scottish Protestant, who was settled in the townland of Ballindrum, in which Spring Hill was situated, in 1609, and from James Lenox, M.P. for Derry, who won distinction during the famous siege of that city.