MURPHY, Patrick Joseph
(Service number 60968)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 9 September 1889 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date 20 July 1917 Age 28
Address at Enlistment Norton Reserve, Waimate
Occupation Labourer (at Norton Reserve, Waimate)
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs M. Murphy (mother), Waimate, South Canterbury, New Zealand
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 30th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 13 October 1917
Transport Corinthic
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Liverpool, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals British War and Victory 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

Wounded at the Somme 13.4.1918 and admitted to Brockenhurst Hospital in England.

Post-war Occupations


Date 12 July 1961 Age 71
Place of Death Waimate
Memorial or Cemetery Old Waimate Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials 1914-1918 Memorial in St. Patrick's Church, Waimate

Biographical Notes

Son of Irish parents Patrick and Mary (nee O'Connor) Murphy. He was the fifth of nine children and remained single.

Cecilia Laws wrote of her and her sister, Judy Wheeler's, fond memories of Patrick (Pat):

"Patrick Murphy was our great-uncle ... During WWI Pat was sent to France with the Canterbury Infantry Regiment. In April 1918 he was wounded in the left eye by enemy fire on the Somme and was discharged from active duty. He spent some time at Brockenhurst Hospital in Hampshire, England, before returning to New Zealand. We remember Pat as a kind, generous man who used to give us rides in the 'dickie-seat' of his car - a real delight! Pat never married. He shared a home with Julia, one of his sisters, and worked on their farm at Waimate until he was in his sixties, when he and Julia bought a smaller house in Waimate township."


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (4 November 2014); Phone contact from C Laws, 4 November 2014; SCroll web submission from C Laws, 15 April 2015 & 15 April 2018; SCroll web submission from J Wheeler, 14 June 2015

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