Conway M. Gray Farrell DFC was born at Smith Falls Ontario and in 1906 was attending public school in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan. He finished High School education in Moose Jaw in 1916. Next he joined the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and on October 13, 1917 was posted to No. 93 Squadron RFC and appointed to the rank of Second Lieutenant.

On October 29, 1917 he was confirmed in rank and graded as Flying Officer. On January 17, 1918 he was posted to No.2 School of Gunnery at Turnberry, England.

On February 11, 1918, Captain Farrell was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), having been credited with shooting down 11 enemy planes and a number of Observation Balloons. On March 7, 1918 Capt. Farrell was posted No.24 Squadron RFC in support of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in France.

In April 1918 the RFC and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to become the Royal Air Force (RAF). On August 30 1918, Capt. Farrell was posted to RAF Squadron No. 56 still in support of the BEF in France.

On October 8, 1918 he was invalided to England and admitted to hospital and in April 1918 he was demobilized with the rank of captain. After WWI, he attended University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, majoring in Arts and Medicine.

From 1928 to 1939 he was a bush pilot with Western Canada Airways, one of those aviation pioneers who did so much to open Canada’s northern regions. On October 4, 1939, Squadron Leader Farrell was attached to RCAF Squadron No. 4 at Vancouver, B.C.

Later, he served at No 1 Training Wing Toronto and at RCAF stations at Trenton Ontario, Ucluelet B.C., Bella Bella B.C., Edmonton, Alberta, Boundary Bay, B.C. and Sea Island (Vancouver) B.C.

In May 1943 he held the rank of Acting Group Captain and was serving at Sea Island B.C. After his release from the RCAF, Farrell began working for CP Air and in 1951 was appointed manager of Canadian Pacific Air Lines (Repairs) Limited. In 1954 Farrell was posted to Tokyo Japan, where he carried out the duties on Manager of Operations for the Orient for CP Airlines. He was married with one daughter.