Medals of the Month - November 2019
Born at Bowral, NSW. Pre-war lives in suburb of Leichhardt, Sydney.
Enlists in 1st Australian Imperial Force (AIF), May 1915. After training, joins the 2nd Infantry Battalion, November 1915 on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
Battalion transferred to France March 1916 for operations on the Western Front. Promoted to Corporal in February 1917. Temporary Sergeant April 1917. Substantive Sergeant June 1917.
April 9, took charge of his platoon when both his Platoon Commander and Platoon Sergeant were wounded during an attack at Hermies, Northern France. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for this action. Transferred to England late 1917 for officer training.
Graduated Second Lieutenant 1 June 1918 and returns to the 2nd Bn. in France for the remainder of the war.
In 1921 moves to New Ireland where he operates copra and coffee plantations, trades in timber and mineral water.
January, escapes to Papua when Japanese forces invaded New Ireland.
Enlists into the 2nd AIF, Caulfield, Victoria, August 1942, posted to 'Z' Special Unit with the rank of Lieutenant. May 1943 transferred to 'M' Special Unit with the rank of Captain. After establishing a special forces training camp in South-East Queensland, Murray departs Australia, October 1943, for service in Australian Mandated Territory in the Pacific region to report on Japanese movements.
March 8 1945, awarded the Military Cross (MC) for gallantry. The recommendation reads - 'During the period 29 October 1943 to 30 November 1943 this officer by his exemplary leadership, courage and devotion to duty successfully established a party consisting of himself six AIF Other Ranks and eight native police in enemy controlled territory. He was responsible for securing and sending back important intelligence of great value to GHQ'.
October 22, passed away, aged 69, Innisfail, Queensland.
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