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Regimental number3203
Place of birthBunbury, Western Australia
SchoolState School, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressNewcastle Road, Midland Junction, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Margaret Anderson, Darlot Street, Meekatharra, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets.
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 18 January 1916
Place of death or woundingMenin Road, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death21
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialMenin Road South Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row T, Grave No. 38), Ypres, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Margaret ANDERSON (formerly MDURPHY), Pithara, Western Australian and the late James MURPHY. Native of Perth, Western Australia

Military Medal

'During attack on German position north of FLERS on morning of 5th November, 1916, acted as Battalion runner. He did his work with a cheerfulness and dogged determination highly praiseworthy. He was always the first to volunteer for the dangerous job and went through several heavy barrages greatly helping the Commanding Officer to keep in touch with his Units of attack. He also had orders to help any wounded he came across, which he did faithfully. He helped large numbers of wounded in No Man's Land to safety and on going for stretchers and bearers found no bearers, but brought up the stretchers himself to a place where they could be easily got.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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