MURPHY, Denis Eugene
(Service number 74398)

Aliases Known as Eugene
First Rank Private Last Rank Rifleman


Date 12 October 1897 Place of Birth Fairlie

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Fairlie, Timaru
Occupation Teamster
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin D. MURPHY (father), Fairlie, South 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 38th Reinforcements, B Company
Date 5 June 1918
Transport Remuera
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Rifle Brigade

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



Date 20 July 1980 Age 82 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 1E, Plot 161
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Denis Eugene Murphy was known as Eugene and enlisted thus. He was born on 12 October 1897 at Fairlie, the younger son of Denis and Margaret (née Fitzsimmons) Murphy. He, his brother and three older sisters were educated at Fairlie School. E. Murphy was in quite a large draft of men who went into camp at the beginning of March 1918 as South Canterbury’s quota for the 39th Reinforcements. Before leaving the men were given a brief farewell at the Drill Shed.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [04 August 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [04 August 2020]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [04 August 2020]; Ruru Lawn Cemetery burial record (Christchurch City Council) [05 August 2020]; Timaru Herald, 2 March 1918 (Papers Past) [10 January 2016]

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