MURRAY, Harry

  1. Service Details
  2. Personal Details
  3. Unit and Rank Details
  4. Commemoration
  5. Notes
  6. Sources

Service Details

Branch of Service
Army
Conflict
World War I
Date of Enlistment
03/08/1915
Date of Discharge
25/10/1919
Place of Enlistment
Dubbo NSW

Personal Details

Gender
Male
Date of Birth
29/09/1884
Place of Birth
Surry Hills NSW
Address (at enlistment)
Canberra ACT
Occupation
Labourer
Next of Kin
John Murray (father), 'The Rectory' Canberra ACT

Unit and Rank Details

Service Number
2493
Final Rank
Lance Corporal
Final Unit
5 Field Company Engineers AIF

Commemoration

Queanbeyan RSL Wall of Remembrance, Crawford St, Queanbeyan NSW

Notes

Harry Murray was born in Sydney but grew up at Michelago and Cowra Creek near Bredbo. He was working in the Dubbo area when he enlisted on 2 August 1915, giving his address as Canberra where his father ran a bakery and store. He embarked for overseas in October 1915 with the 5th Field Company Engineers and was treated for bronchitis and pleurisy in Egypt in June 1916. In November 1916 he was appointed a Lance Corporal. He received a severe gun shot wound to the right leg at the Second Battle of Bullecourt in May 1917 and didn't rejoin his unit until February 1918. The following June he was wounded in action a second time. Murray returned to Australia in October 1919 with his English wife Elsie and was given a welcome home at the Acton Amusement Hall where he was presented with a gold mounted pen. In 1920 he acquired a soldier settler's block in the Ainslie area but surrendered it a couple of years later after he and his wife moved to Sydney. During the Depression he worked for his brother Ernest who held a block in the Stromlo area (in the modern-day suburb of Coombes). His brothers Ernest, John, Roland, Malcolm and James all enlisted for service in either or both World Wars. Harry Murray died on 17 October 1948 at Marrickville Hospital in Sydney aged 64 years. He was cremated at Rookwood Crematorium.

Description - height 5 feet 9 inches, weight 160 pounds, chest 37-39 inches, dark complexion, black eyes, black hair, Church of England.

Sources

First World War Unit Embarkation Rolls
NAA RecordSearch - Series B2455 (First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920)
James Murray, 'Canberra's First Anzac', 1982 (unpublished biography of Ernest Murray)
Queanbeyan Age - 18 May 1917, 29 May 1917
Sydney Morning Herald - 18 October 1948, 19 October 1948

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