MURCHISON, Duncan Ebenezer Bain
(Service number 7/753)
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank||Captain|
|Date||25 February 1895||Place of Birth|
|Address at Enlistment||Lake Coleridge|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Marital Status||Married. Three children|
|Next of Kin||Mrs D. B. MURCHISON (wife), Lake Coleridge, Canterbury; C/o Mrs Mathias, Box 191, Timaru.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||2nd Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
|Date||14 December 1914|
|Transport||Verdala or Willochra or Knight of the Garter|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
|Military Awards||Military Cross; Bar to Military Cross|
Award Circumstances and Date
London Gazette 18 October 1917; 1918
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||13 October 1978||Age||93 years|
|Place of Death||Timaru|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||General Section, Row 54, Plot 685|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Duncan Ebenezer Bain Murchison was the oldest son of John and Janet (née Sinclair) Murchison. He married Ada Mary Mathias on 10 September 1907 at St Mary's, Timaru. Duncan and Ada had three children - Duncan Roderick born in 1910 at Timaru, Iain Lewis born in 1912 at Christchurch and Janet Helen Mary born in 1914 at Christchurch - before Duncan was to enlist for service in World War I. Lieutenant D. B. Murchison was awarded the Military Cross in 1917 for his work in the field. Early in 1918 he was one of the a brave New Zealander who gained a bar for his Military cross. Two brothers also served in World War I - Ian Roderick Coleridge and Donald Sinclair. and another brother, Kenneth James Sinclair, had served with the Territorials.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [25 May 2018]; Waimate Daily Advertiser, 20 October 1917, Timaru Herald, 2 November 1917, 11 March 1918 (Papers Past) [21 May 2018]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [25 May 2018]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [27 May 2018].
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