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James Francis MURRAY

Regimental number6108
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationEngine driver
AddressHampden Farm, Narromine, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Rachael Sheppherd, Clearview Street, Bowral, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Work at Mont St. Quentin on 31 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 5 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Early in the attack on MONT ST. QUENTIN, near PERONNE, on 31st August 1918, this N.C.O. was wounded in the hand, but refused to hand over his gun which he continued to handle with splendid effect. Shortly afterwards, the pain of his wound, forced him to relinquish the gun to his No. 2, but he refused to retire, and went forward with his crew, directing their work. Later, he, single handed, rushed at some enemy in a post, killing two with his revolver, which caused the remaining four to surrender to him. He set a fine example of endurance and determination under very trying circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death12 September 1937

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