The son of Standish and Margaret O'Grady, Conn Standish O'Grady was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He joined the Royal Flying Corps in September 1916. Posted to 23 Squadron, he scored nine victories flying SPADs in 1917. During World War II, O'Grady returned to service with Royal Air Force.
2nd Lt. Conn Standish O'Grady, R.F.C., Spec. Res.
For conspicuous gallantly and devotion to duty in leading fighting patrols against superior numbers of enemy aircraft. He has himself brought down three enemy machines completely out of control, and others were seen to be destroyed, and his dash and determination when outnumbered by the enemy have continually won the highest praise.