Wainwright Municipal Cemetery, Wainwright, Alberta
Descended from French nobility, Conrad Tolendal Lally was the only child of Conrad Colthurst Whitley and Lucy Phedora (Wells) Lally. Educated at private schools and Upper Canada College, he opened and managed the first branch of the Imperial Bank of Canada at Banff in 1906. In 1908, he left banking and moved to Wainwright where he opened a general store with a partner. Active in civil affairs, he was mayor of Wainwright, Alberta when he enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps in 1915. He completed pilot training on 24 June 1916 and served as an instructor with 24 Squadron at Gosport. On 7 April 1917, he was promoted to Captain and posted to 25 Squadron. With this unit he scored five victories flying F.E.2d and D.H.4 two-seater aircraft before being wounded in action. Returning to England, he spent ten months in hospital. He was granted a short service commission to Flight Lieutenant on 12 December 1919 (cancelled 8 June 1920) and was transferred to the unemployed list on 10 January 1920. Post-war he returned home to Wainwright and, in 1923, became the town's first postmaster, a position he held until his death in 1941.
In 2008, Conrad T. Lally's daughter, Joyce Lally, donated his personal military items and medals to the Air Force Museum of Alberta in Calgary where a number of his artifacts and medals are on display.
Lt. (T./Capt.) Conrad T. Lally, R.F.C., Spec. Res.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in many bomb raids and photographic
and long-distance reconnaissances, many of which he has led most successfully. He has taken part in numerous combats and has destroyed three hostile positions. When ordered to bomb a position he spent 1 1/2 hours looking for it, then returned for more petrol and at the second attempt dropped a bomb on it and with another set a dump on fire, under most difficult weather conditions.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 25 April 1918 (30651/5006)
Military Cross (MC) Bar
Lt. (T./Capt.) Conrad T. Lally, M.C., R.F.C., Spec. Res.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Flying through and above the clouds, he released his bombs over his objective, well behind the enemy lines, at a height of 500 feet, under heavy fire. On two later occasions he carried out photographic reconnaissances of hostile aerodromes under very bad weather conditions, on account of which several other machines had to give up the journey. He has shown himself to be a most determined and successful leader, his example of courage and skill being of great advantage to his squadron.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 5 July 1918 (30780/7893)
Air Force Cross (AFC)
Captain Conrad T. Lally, M.C.
For gallantry on non-operational missions and for meritorious service on flying duties.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 2 November 1918 (30989/12958)