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Reginald Romney MURFEY

Regimental number3433
Place of birthNewmarket Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressFlemington, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs N 8 Murfey, 67 Shields Street, Flemington, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3433A
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 27 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
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Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'Is brought to notice for consistent good work, continuous gallantry and devotion to duty, particularly in connection with offensive operations during July, August and September, 1918. Corporal MURFEY is a most conscientious N.C.O. and has, at all times proved himself to be a reliable and courageous soldier. His handling of gun crews under very heavy fire has been particularly noted for some time. He has on various occasions performed meritorious work; his marked initiative and resourcefulness being of great value. During the operations at HAMEL on 4th July, 1918, corporal MURFEY single-handed captured a small party of the enemy, and subsequently fought his gun with great ability. On 8th August, 1918, near MORCOURT the despatch with which he brought his gun into position, blowing out a machine gun and its crew, was instrumental in freeing his Section of the advance from a serious obstruction at a critical moment. On the 18th September, 1918, until this N.C.O. ran out of ammunition he used his Mortar with such excellent effect on parties of the enemy, who would have otherwise offered strong opposition, that they were driven off before they could establish themselves. Corporal MURFEY has been fighting without intermission since the Brigade came to FRANCE and his service of over two years with the Battery is a long unbroken record of gallantry and devotion to duty which calls strongly for recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death26 December 1928

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