MURPHY, Allan Michael
(Service number 38978)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 23 November 1895 Place of Birth Ellesmere

Enlistment Information

Date 17 June 1916 Age 20
Address at Enlistment Cave
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience 2nd SC Regiment
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Michael John Murphy (father), Cannington Cave, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information 5ft 8in, 130lbs, dark complexion, grey eyes, dark brown hair

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 22nd Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 16 February 1917
Transport HMNZT 78 Navua
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Devonport, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
Service Medals British War Medal, Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

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Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 8 October 1918 Age 22
Place of Death Le Cateau, France
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Honnechy British Cemetery
Memorial Reference I.B.38
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Cave First World War Memorial, Cannington District War Memorial

Biographical Notes

Allan Michael Murphy was born at Ellesmere on 23 November 1895, son of Michael John and Harriet Murphy.

He joined up when he was 20, after his brother Ernest Manfred Murphy had been killed in action on the Somme. At the time he was a farm hand working for his father on their Cannington property. He was single, 5ft 8in, 130lbs, with a dark complexion, grey eyes, and dark brown hair. Murphy signed up with 22nd Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company on 17 June 1916 and embarked for England at Wellington on 16 February 1917 on the HMNZT 78 Navua. He left England for France on 26 May 1917. He spent time sick behind he lines in August with an inflamed knee joint, requiring him to return to England for treatment. He did not rejoin his unit in the field until April 1918. Four months later he was killed in action on 8 October 1918 during the second Battle of Le Cateau when the Allies captured the St Quentin–Cambrai railway, 12,000 prisoners and 250 guns for 536 casualties.

Allan is buried in Honnechy British Cemetery, 8km from the village of Le Cateau.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [August 2013 & June 2021]; Commonwealth War Graves Commission at; Unknown Warriors of the NZEF Facebook page at [September 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records [June 2021]

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Maree Bowen, SC branch NZSG; Carol Bell, SC branch NZSG

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