MURRAY, Thomas Templeton
(Service number 15937)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank|
|Date||20 November 1893||Place of Birth||Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland|
|Address at Enlistment||Railway Hotel, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||John MURRAY (brother), care of G. P. Donnelly (private bag), Mangaohine, Hawke's Bay. (When John was hospitalised, all advices were to go to the District Manager, Public trust Office, Napier.)|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||6th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion, G Company|
|Date||26 July 1916|
|Transport||Waitemata or Ulimaroa|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Military Awards||Military Cross; Military Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Military Cross, London Gazette 15 October 1918
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||28 July 1966||Age||72 years|
|Place of Death|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Kopuatama Cemetery, Stratford|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Thomas Templeton Murray was born on 20 November 1892 at Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland, the second son of Thomas and Agnes (née Barr) Murray. In 1901 Thomas was at home with his family in Glasgow. He was a teamster for T. Garrick at Totara Valley when he enlisted, giving his own address as Railway Hotel, Timaru. On 5 April 1916, the South Canterbury quota for the 15th Reinforcements left by the express for the military camps, the Infantry - including T. T. Murray, Timaru - proceeding to Trentham. Before departing Timaru, the men were entertained by the Ladies’ Patriotic Committee at luncheon in the Stafford Tea Rooms. Falling in at the Drill Shed at 3pm, they were addressed by the Mayor, Mr Craigie, M.P., and the Rev. Dean Tubman. The 2nd South Canterbury Regimental Band was in attendance, and the High School Cadets and the Honorary Territorials formed a cordon at the railway station.
Thomas married Jeannie Stewart in 1919 at Largs, and returning to New Zealand, saw further service with the Forces, including World War II, when he was taken prisoner of war. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1918 and the Military Medal.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [07 August 2020]; Kopuatama Cemetery, Stratford, headstone transcription [08 August 2020]; Timaru Herald, 5 April 1916 (Papers Past) [03 August 2020]
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