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John MURPHY

Regimental number4552
Place of birthCampbellfield Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMachinist
Address153 Parry Street, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Mr P Murphy, Yellowdure, Soutbern Cross, Western Australia
Enlistment date19 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 12 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal


'Work at Meteren on 29 July 1918 and at Chuignes on 24 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 27 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 9 August 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty from 28th February to 16th September, 1918. On the morning of 29th July, 1918, Corporal MURPHY was in charge of a gun assisting in a machine gun barrage during the attack on METEREN. Whilst firing his gun was blown out and two of the crew wounded. He at once got the gun into action again. On the morning of the 24th August, 1918, Corporal MURPHY was in charge of a working party detailed to dig gun positions for defence of CHUIGNES when the position was shelled heavily, causing the infantry to move. He completed the work with only one casualty. His coolness and determination on this occasion undoubtedly saved many casualties and enabled the work to be completed. Corporal MURPHY has at all times set a fine example of coolness and devotion to duty and has been of the greatest assistance to his section officer.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death3 June 1956
Place of burialBotany Cemetery

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