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James Keith MURRAY

Regimental number*8379
ReligionCongregational
OccupationStation overseer
AddressAllandale North, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Murray, Allandale North, South Australia
Enlistment date27 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 6, Battery 18
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Vic, on board A59 Botanist on 24 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Great coolness under fire, rendering valuable services.' (Pozieres).
Recommendation date: 22 August 1916

Bar to Military Medal


Recommendation date: 15 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 19 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night of 7th August, 1916, near POZIERES, the wagon lines of this Battery were shelled for four hours. Bombardier MURRAY was in charge of the stable piquet. Eleven horses were killed and fifteen wounded by shell fire. Bombardier MURRAY showed great coolness, got the men organised, and remained in the horse lines releasing the horses which he handed to gunners and drivers to take away, until all the horses were clear. His promptness cleared the lines quickly, saved horses, and avoided confusion and the risk of personnel consequent thereon.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'On the 14th September, 1917, at ZILLEBEKE, the 16th Battery position was heavily shelled from 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. with 5.9" and 8". At 3,.35 p.m. an ammunition dump alongside No. 1 gun was hit and it and the gun pit caught fire. These men [MURRAY and 8390 W.C. CHAMBERS] on Lieutenant DODD calling for a party rushed out of the shelter trench in the face of the heavy fire and with water from adjacent shell holes succeeded in putting it out. Later the pit was again hit and it and the ammunition and an adjacent pit caught fire. These men again went out with Lieutenant DODD in the face of the shelling and succeeded in saving the guns and ammunition. They displayed great gallantry and determination in the face of very considerable danger. Sergeant MURRAY was awarded the Military Medal in September, 1916. Bombardier CHAMBERS was awarded the Military Medal in A.I.F. Order 796, June 29th, 1917.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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