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Raymond George MURRAY

Regimental number930
Place of birthWollongong, New South Wales
SchoolJunior Technical School, Wollongong, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCampbell Street, Wollongong, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7.5"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Murray, Campbell Street, Wollongong, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 2), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Archibald Herbert and Elizabeth MURRAY, Campbell Street, Wollongong, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsCousin: Major William TOMKINSON DSO, 36th Heavy Artillery Group, returned to Australia, 21 Jule 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.

Found guilty, 1 June 1916, of insolence to a Non Commission Officer: awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing in action, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 23 July 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1860906, 3756 Pte A.A. BARNES, 30th Bn, 1 June 1917: 'I saw this man killed on July 19th 1916. I was about 10 yards when I saw him fall. He had both legs blown off, in the Fromelles attacks at Pozieres. He and I were in Coy. D. We were "all on top" when a shell caught him and killed him instantly. He was buried in the front line, a portion being set apart as a "Burial Trench"[.] This part of the ground was held. I assisted in the burial of Murray.'

Second statement, Red Cross File No 1870508, 1225 Corporal N. SUTHERLAND, D Company, 30th Bn, 31 January 1917: 'When our Batt. went into action in France I was with Ray carrying ammunition and stores across No Mans (sic) Land to our newly gained position. Our first trip across Ray had a narrow shave, he got a piece of shrapnel in the back, it just lifted the skin and also a part of his rifle shot away. We made several trips across during the night, myself and Pte. Low were working with him all the time. In early hours of the morning we were going across by means of a sap when the enemy was counterattacking and drove us back. The Germans were bombing down this sap. Well nothing more was heard of ray. He did not return to uor lines with Low and myself.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MURRAY Raymond George
Red Cross files 1860906 and 1870508

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