Joseph Henry MURPHY

Regimental number799
Place of birthGlen Innes New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationManaging law clerk
AddressHill Crest North Road, Ryde, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Patrick P Murphy W0, P Staff L9th Infantry, Ryde, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentOrderly Room SGT
Unit name17th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).


Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He personally led a small party to clear some enemy snipers from the shell holes in which they had posted themselves, and whence they were directing an effective fire on our men. During the organization of the counter attack, this W.O. was of the greatest assistance to his officers, and rendered very valuable service in keeping up the supply of small arm ammunition and grenades, exposing himself regardless of danger under severe shell and machine gun fire. He set a very fine example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal