James Roy MURRAY

Regimental number4269
Place of birthBrighton Victoria
AddressCanterbury Street, Oakleigh, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Mr J Murray, Canterbury Street, Oakleigh, Victoria
Enlistment date7 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 29 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Awarded)

'Conspicuous gallantry ans resource, resulting in valuable services being rendered.' (East of Ypres 4 October 1917).
Recommendation date: "13 September 1917

Bar to Military Medal (Altered from Distinguished Conduct Medal)

'Work at Herleville Wood on 23 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 13 July 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack on BROODSEINDE RIDGE east of YPRES on 4th October, 1917, Pte. MURRAY did brilliant work in outflanking and rushing an enemy Machine Gun which was doing a lot of damage to our troops on the right flank. He bayonetted two of the Machine Gunners and captured the gun and two remaining men. His action was the means of saving many casualties and greatly facilitated the advance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death9 September 1958
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery