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Alexander Gillen MURPHY

Regimental number209
Place of birthArwoy, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationClerk
Address14 Moore Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Next of kin, 14 Moore Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 September 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Field Ambulance, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/44/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Australian General Hospital
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Listed on the Balmain Rowing Club Roll of Honour.
Medals

Military Medal

'At POZIERES, FRANCE, 16/23rd. August 1916, Pte. MURPHY worked indefatigably, collecting wounded under the extremely heavy enemy fire and especially on the night of the 19th. August, Pte MURPHY did conspicuously fine work in the collecting and bringing in of wounded, making repeated journeys under heavy artillery machine gun and rifle fire, carrying wounded men to safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. During the operations East of YPRES 4th, October 1917, and the days following this stretcher bearer showed a fine example of bravery and fortitude. Although over 45 years of age he led his squad backwards and forwards through the enemy barrage, and his continual cheerfulness and bravery were a great encouragement to the younger and less experienced bearers.'

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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