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John MURPHY

Regimental number2002
Place of birthLiverpool England
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFisherman
Addressc/o E Steward, O'Neil Street, Brighton Le Sands, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs J Murphy, Luckfield Street, Kirkdale, Liverpool, England
Enlistment date13 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 10 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Courage and devotion to duty under heavy fire, also powers of leadership in absence of senior officer.'
Recommendation date: 12 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 31 January 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'At HERMIES on 9th April 1917 for courage and devotion to duty. Under heavy frontal and enfilade fire from enemy machine gun he kept his platoon under splendid control after his Platoon Commander had been killed. By his disregard of danger he proved an inspiration to the men, and later, during the work of consolidation , he handled the platoon well and completed the work very skilfully.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Date of death1 May 1965
Place of burialNewcastle Memorial Park Cemetery & Crematorium

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