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Alexander Patenson MURPHY

ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMedical practitioner
AddressSydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, G S Murphy, Dursley, Hamilton, Queensland
Enlistment date1 March 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 March 1917
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit nameMedical Officers
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 6 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps
FateReturned to Australia 12 March 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Alexander Paterson

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Peronne, from 23rd to 26th August, 1918, as R.M.O. of a battalion. He placed his aid post in a railway cutting, where he dressed the wounded of his own and other units, under machine gun and shell fire. When all our wounded had been cleared, he went out and attended to the enemy in the open; while doing so, a shell burst in their midst, killing his orderly, a stretcher bearer, and several wounded, and wounding him. He continued at work for another 24 hours before reporting for relief.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

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