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Joseph Kevin MURPHY

Date of birth24 February 1892
Place of birthBrisbane, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBank accountant
AddressMusgrave Road, Red Hill, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, J D Murphy, Charters Towers, Queensland
Enlistment date20 March 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name26th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Promotion date: 1 June 1915


Promotion date: 30 June 1916


Promotion date: 7 April 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 6 November 1918

Military Cross

'This officer in an attack led his company with most conspicuous gallantry and skill to the first objective, which was a very strongly held position. He personally led a party who destroyed a machine gun crew. On moving forward again he was severely wounded, but continued his command until he heard that the final objective had been captured. He behaved splendidly.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Discharge date23 December 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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