MURPHY, Patrick Joseph
(Service number 60968)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank|
|Date||9 September 1889||Place of Birth||Waimate|
|Date||20 July 1917||Age||28|
|Address at Enlistment||Norton Reserve, Waimate|
|Occupation||Labourer (at Norton Reserve, Waimate)|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs M. Murphy (mother), Waimate, South Canterbury, New Zealand|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||30th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company|
|Date||13 October 1917|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Liverpool, England|
|Other Units Served With|
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|Service Medals||British War and Victory Medals|
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
Wounded at the Somme 13.4.1918 and admitted to Brockenhurst Hospital in England.
|Date||12 July 1961||Age||71|
|Place of Death||Waimate|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Old Waimate Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials||1914-1918 Memorial in St. Patrick's Church, Waimate|
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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Tony Rippin (South Canterbury Museum)
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