MURRAY, Thomas Templeton
(Service number 15937)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 20 November 1893 Place of Birth Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Railway Hotel, Timaru
Occupation Teamster
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin John MURRAY (brother), care of G. P. Donnelly (private bag), Mangaohine, Hawke's Bay. (When John was hospitalised, all advices were to go to the District Manager, Public trust Office, Napier.)
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 6th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date 26 July 1916
Transport Waitemata or Ulimaroa
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards Military Cross; Military Medal

Award Circumstances and Date

Military Cross, London Gazette 15 October 1918

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 28 July 1966 Age 72 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Kopuatama Cemetery, Stratford
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Thomas Templeton Murray was born on 20 November 1892 at Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland, the second son of Thomas and Agnes (née Barr) Murray. In 1901 Thomas was at home with his family in Glasgow. He was a teamster for T. Garrick at Totara Valley when he enlisted, giving his own address as Railway Hotel, Timaru. On 5 April 1916, the South Canterbury quota for the 15th Reinforcements left by the express for the military camps, the Infantry - including T. T. Murray, Timaru - proceeding to Trentham. Before departing Timaru, the men were entertained by the Ladies’ Patriotic Committee at luncheon in the Stafford Tea Rooms. Falling in at the Drill Shed at 3pm, they were addressed by the Mayor, Mr Craigie, M.P., and the Rev. Dean Tubman. The 2nd South Canterbury Regimental Band was in attendance, and the High School Cadets and the Honorary Territorials formed a cordon at the railway station.

Thomas married Jeannie Stewart in 1919 at Largs, and returning to New Zealand, saw further service with the Forces, including World War II, when he was taken prisoner of war. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1918 and the Military Medal.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [07 August 2020]; Kopuatama Cemetery, Stratford, headstone transcription [08 August 2020]; Timaru Herald, 5 April 1916 (Papers Past) [03 August 2020]

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