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

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Fairlie
Occupation Blacksmith
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin D. MURPHY (father), Eversley Street, Fairlie, Canterbury
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 12th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry
Date 6 May 1916
Transport Mokoia
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Mounted Rifles

Military Awards

Service Medals
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 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Railway employee


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

Biographical Notes

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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