Bernard was born in County Mayo in 1889, one of a large family of William and Honoria Conboy who moved to Bingley around 1893. In 1901 they were living at Church Street, Keighley.As a reservist, Bernard was called up at the outbreak of the war At the time he was living with his sister, Kathleen Betts at 22 Briggate, Windhill.He was declared missing in action on 6 November 1914 and on 19 February 1916 Mrs Betts received a letter to say he was now assumed to be dead.
The newspaper report of his death also said: ‘His brother, Able Seaman Walter R Conboy, joined the Royal Navy when he was 16 years of age. He was aboard HMS Arethusa when it was sunk some weeks ago. He is now on a short leave and will join another ship in the course of a few days.‘Another brother, Pte Michael Conboy, is in the West Riding Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and is at Malta. He enlisted on the declaration of war.’