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Joseph MURTAGH

Regimental number1938
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationDriver
Address224 Nelson Street, Annandale, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinSister, Miriam Murtagh, Burfitt Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name59th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/76/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 14 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack on the MORLANCOURT front, South West of ALBERT, by 15th Infantry Brigade on 4th July 1918 Corporal MURTAGH distinguished himself by his gallantry and devotion to duty. He was with the supporting Company, and went forward with his platoon to reinforce the captured line. His Platoon Commander was soon afterwards wounded. Corporal MURTAGH took charge, reorganised his men under heavy shell fire, and consolidated the position in his sector. His behaviour throughout was marked by coolness and courage, and the excellent example he set was an inspiration to others. His work previous to 4th July was also exceptional. Three days previously he had gone out with another man into No Man's Land and shot three of the enemy working on their wire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death2 September 1938

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