MURPHY, Allan Michael
(Service number 38978)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||23 November 1895||Place of Birth||Ellesmere|
|Date||17 June 1916||Age||20|
|Address at Enlistment||Cave|
|Previous Military Experience||2nd SC Regiment|
|Next of Kin||Michael John Murphy (father), Cannington Cave, Timaru|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Medical Information||5ft 8in, 130lbs, dark complexion, grey eyes, dark brown hair|
|Served with||New Zealand Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||22nd Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company|
|Date||16 February 1917|
|Transport||HMNZT 78 Navua|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Devonport, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Regiment|
|Service Medals||British War Medal, Victory Medal|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||8 October 1918||Age||22|
|Place of Death||Le Cateau, France|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Honnechy British Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Cave First World War Memorial, Cannington District War Memorial|
Allan Michael Murphy was born at Ellesmere on 23 November 1895, son of Michael John and Harriet Murphy.
He joined up when he was 20, after his brother Ernest Manfred Murphy had been killed in action on the Somme. At the time he was a farm hand working for his father on their Cannington property. He was single, 5ft 8in, 130lbs, with a dark complexion, grey eyes, and dark brown hair. Murphy signed up with 22nd Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company on 17 June 1916 and embarked for England at Wellington on 16 February 1917 on the HMNZT 78 Navua. He left England for France on 26 May 1917. He spent time sick behind he lines in August with an inflamed knee joint, requiring him to return to England for treatment. He did not rejoin his unit in the field until April 1918. Four months later he was killed in action on 8 October 1918 during the second Battle of Le Cateau when the Allies captured the St Quentin–Cambrai railway, 12,000 prisoners and 250 guns for 536 casualties.
Allan is buried in Honnechy British Cemetery, 8km from the village of Le Cateau.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [August 2013 & June 2021]; Commonwealth War Graves Commission at http://www.cwgc.org/; Unknown Warriors of the NZEF Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Unknown-Warriors-of-the-NZEF-1629775073978020/ [September 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records [June 2021]
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