MURPHY, Richard
(Service number 80095)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 20 December 1896 Place of Birth Cheviot

Enlistment Information

Date 24 September 1917 Age 20
Address at Enlistment C/- N. Fitzgerald, Ashburton
Occupation Horse-driver
Previous Military Experience 12th Nelson Territorials
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin T. Murphy (father) Cheviot
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information 5ft 8in, 156lbs, fresh complexion, blue eyes, dark hair

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 42nd Reinforcements A Company
Date 1 August 1918
Transport HMNZT109 Tofua
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination London, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With 42nd Reinforcements

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
Service Medals British War Medal, Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 9 February 1919 Reason No longer physically fit (influenza & bronchitis)

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date Age
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru

Biographical Notes

Richard Murphy was born at Cheviot on 20 December 1896, the son of Timothy and Mary Murphy who had emigrated from Ireland.

Richard was working as a horse driver for Mr N. Fitzgerald of Ashburton, living on the property when he enlisted at Ashburton on 24 September 1917. His medical described him as a single man, Roman Catholic, 5ft 8in, 156lbs, of fresh complexion, with blue eyes, and dark hair. He had previous military experience with the 12th Nelson Territorials. He joined A Coy, 42nd Reinforcements and embarked for the UK at Wellington on 1 August 1918. It seems unlikely that Richard Murphy ever got to the Front. There is no mention of it in his records. He was admitted to the NZ hospital at Hornchurch in east London on 19 November 1918 suffering from the influenza that was to infect 500 million people worldwide – about a third of the world's population at the time – in the Spanish flu pandemic. He was sent back to New Zealand on 3 December 1918 on the troopship Tahiti and discharged 9 February 1919 no longer physically fit for war service due to influenza and bronchitis having served 256 days. His intended address was Belt St, Waimate, so he is probably the Richard Murphy in the 1919 Waitaki electoral roll, a labourer, resident at the Criterion Hotel. But then the trail runs cold. What happened to Richard Murphy after 1919 has not been established.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [August 2013 * June 2021]; Commonwealth War Graves Commission website (; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records [June 2021]

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Researched and Written by

Maree Bowen, SC branch NZSG; Carol Bell, SC branch NZSG

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