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Edward Peter MURPHY

Regimental number3875
Place of birthKerraville near Wollongong, New South Wales
SchoolCatholic School, Wollongong, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressEurira, Keiraville via Wollongong, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 5.25"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinFather, M Murphy, Keiraville via Wollongong, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row K, Grave No. 10), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
161
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Michael and Ellen MURPHY, Keiraville, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 20 January 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 26 February 1916.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Abbassia, 28 February 1916 (venereal disease); discharged to duty, 26 March 1916; absent from duty: 28 days.

Taken on strength of 5th Brigade Details, Tel el Kebir, 19 April 1916.

Taken on strength of 55th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 20 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Buried at Eaton Hall Cemetery by Reverend James Green, no date stated.

Letter, Red Cross File No 1860405, Col. Chaplain James GREEN, to Australian Branch, British Red Cross Society, 8 January 1917: 'I buried Pte E.P. Murphy, 3875, on the 20th July at the place mentioned. He was killed on the 19th (one of the first to meet his death in the attack on German lines) at Fromelles. He was killed by high explosive fire. From the nature of his wounds I should say that his end was instant and painless. I especially noticed that there was no look of pain and suffering on his face, and noted it in my diary.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MURPHY Edward Peter
Red Cross File No 1860405

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