James Thomas MURPHY

Regimental number1744
Place of birthPortland Estate, Portland, South Australia
SchoolMarist Brothers School, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
Addressc/o Fire Brigade, Port Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 5.5"
Weight127 lbs
Next of kinFather, J P Murphy, c/oFire Brigade, Port Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in F Company, 76th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date12 May 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 23 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1744A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death19
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 6), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Mary MURPHY. Native of Port Adelaide
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 September 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, ex-Mudros, 10 January 1916.

Transferred to Base Details, Ismailia, 15 March 1916.

Taken on strength of 32nd Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 6 April 1916.

Found guilty, 4 May 1916, of drunkenness: awarded 10 days' confined to barrack and fined 5/-.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 12 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1860608, 3271 Pte G.J. KIDD, 32nd Bn (ptient, 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, England), 13 October 1916: 'At Pozieres he was blown to bits by a shell ... [M]y son - J.W. Kidd 3920 Mach. Gun wrote to told (sic) me.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MURPHY James Thomas
Red Cross file 1860608
Red Cross file 1860612