MURPHY, James Hugh
(Service number 10372)
|Aliases||Enlisted as James MURPHY|
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Trooper|
|Date||15 May 1895||Place of Birth||Fairlie|
|Address at Enlistment||Fairlie|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||D. MURPHY (father), Eversley Street, Fairlie, Canterbury|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||12th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry|
|Date||6 May 1916|
|Embarked From||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Mounted Rifles|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||1 October 1979||Age||84 years|
|Place of Death||Christchurch|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Waimairi Cemetery, Christchurch|
|Memorial Reference||Lawn, Block 39, Plot 1120|
|New Zealand Memorials|
James Hugh Murphy enlisted as James Murphy. He was born on 15 March 1895 at Fairlie, the older son of Denis and Margaret (née Fitzsimmons) Murphy, and baptized Roman Catholic on 1 April 1895 at Timaru. He, his brother and three older sisters were educated at Fairlie School. His father died in December 1920, his mother died in 1953 at the age of ninety. His oldest twin sister, Hannah, died in 1918 at the Timaru Hospital.
J. Murphy, 10372, of Fairlie, returned to New Zealand from Egypt, in a draft of 1095, per the “Ulimaroa”, which was due at Auckland on 6 August 1919. He married Margaret Elizabeth Ryan in 1921. His younger brother, Denis Eugene Murphy, known as Eugene, also served in World War One. James died on 1 October 1979 at Christchurch, aged 84 years, just nine days after his wife. They were survived by a daughter and a son, and six grandchildren.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [29 October 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [04 August 2020]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [04 August 2020]; Waimairi Cemetery headstone transcription & burial record [29 November 2020]; NZ Times, 31 July 1919, Timaru Herald, 14 December 1920 (Papers Past) [29 October 2020; 29 November 2020]
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