MURPHY, Ernest Manfred
(Service number 6 /3107)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 14 December 1893 Place of Birth Ladbrooks, Christchurch

Enlistment Information

Date 14 May 1915 Age 22
Address at Enlistment Cave
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience 2nd SC Regiment (4 years)
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Michael John Murphy (father), Cannington Cave, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information 5ft 9in, 145lbs, fair complexion, grey eyes, 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 7th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 9 October 1915
Transport Aparima, Navua or Warrimoo
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian, Western European
Service Medals British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1914-1915 Star
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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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


Date 26 September 1916 Age 23
Place of Death Somme, France
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Caterpillar Valley (N.Z.) memorial,Somme, France
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Cave First World War Memorial, Cannington District War Memorial

Biographical Notes

Ernest Manfred Murphy was born at Ladbrooks near Christchurch on 4 December 1893, to Michael John and Harriet Murphy. He was schooled at Lincoln from 1902 to 1903, before moving to Rolleston School until December 1910.

At the time of his enlistment on 14 May 1915 he was working as a farm hand on his father’s farm at Cannington, Cave. He had had four years’ experience with the local volunteer/Territorial unit, the 2nd SC Regiment. His medical describes him as being 5ft 9in, 145lbs, with fair complexion, grey eyes, and brown hair, single, and beonging to the Church of England. He joined the 7th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion and went into training at Trentham Camp. There he contracted measles in July, spending some time in hospital before embarked for Suez and Egypt on 9 October 1915.

Erbest served in Egypt until February 1916. He then embarked for France on the 'Franconia' on 6 April 1916 and proceeded to the Somme. After a battle on 26 September 1916 Murphy was reported, missing, then wounded and finally killed in action. Corporal J Williams stated: “In the morning of the 27th, the day after the advance of the 12thNelson Coy … I had occasion to go forward to the front line. Just in front of the wire … I saw Pte Murphy. He was dead. I knew Murphy well. I am certain of his identity.“

Murphy was buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery.


Auckland War memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (August 2013); Commonwealth War Graves Commission website (; Unknown Warriors of the NZEF [Facebook Page] at [September 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records [June 2021]; "WWI: Monument to brotherly loss" in the New Zealand Herald at . WW1 Service Personnel CD v3; NZ BMDs 1894/18509; School records [June 2021]

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

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