George Wren MURRAY

MURRAY, George Wren

Service Number: 422
Enlisted: 22 August 1914, Roseberry Park, New South Wales
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 10th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Fairy Burn, New South Wales, Australia, 15 February 1892
Home Town: Orange, Orange Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Pleurisy & heart failure, Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, 17 January 1918, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Row C, Grave No. 265
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Orange Cenotaph, Orange St John's Uniting Church Roll of Honour, Orange WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

22 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 422, 1st Light Horse Regiment, Roseberry Park, New South Wales
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 422, 1st Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '1' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Star of Victoria embarkation_ship_number: A16 public_note: ''
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 422, 1st Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Star of Victoria, Sydney
17 Jan 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, 422, 10th Field Artillery Brigade , --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 422 awm_unit: 10th Australian Field Artillery Brigade awm_rank: Driver awm_died_date: 1918-01-17

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland 

Died on this date – 17th January…… George Wren Murray was born at Fairy Burn, Orange, New South Wales on 15th February, 1892.

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 22nd August, 1914 as a 22 year old, single, Farmer from Fairy Burn, Orange, NSW.

Private George Wren Murray embarked from Sydney, NSW on HMAT Star of Victoria (A16) on 20th October, 1914 with the 1st Light Horse Regiment “C” Squadron. His younger brother Private Sage Clyne Sinclair Murray, service number 423, embarked at the same time.

On 9th May, 1915 Private George Wren Murray embarked from Alexandria. He was admitted to 16th Stationary Hospital at Mudros on 6th August, 1915 with Diarrhoea & Dysentery then was admitted to 24th Casualty Clearing Station at Mudros on 22nd August, 1915 with Dysentery. Private Murray rejoined 1st Light Horse Regiment at Gallipoli Peninsula on 31st August, 1915.

He was taken on strength of NZ & A Divisional Headquarters at Gallipoli Peninsula on 30th October, 1915 & he was posted to Divisional Headquarters on 31st October, 1915 as Escort.

Private George Wren Murray disembarked at Alexandria on 28th December, 1915 (after evacuation of Gallipoli). He was taken on strength of 1st L.H.R.R. (Light Horse Reserve Regiment) at Heliopolis on 1st March, 1916 from 1st Light Horse Regiment.

On 21st April, 1916 Private Murray was transferred to 4th Divisional Artillery from Tel-el-Kebir. He was taken on strength of 10th F.A.B. (Field Artillery Brigade) at Serapeum on 22nd April, 1916 & was posted to 37th Battery as Gunner.

Gunner George Wren Murray was mustered as Driver on 1st June, 1916 with 10th F.A.B.

Driver George Wren Murray proceeded to join B.E.F. (British Expeditionary Force) from Alexandria on 5th June, 1916. He disembarked at Marseilles, France on 13th June, 1916.

On 15th December, 1916 Driver Murray was admitted to 39th Casualty Clearing Station with Appendicitis. He was discharged on 16th December, 1916 & admitted to Field Ambulance on 17th December, 1916. Driver Murray was transferred & admitted to 1st General Hospital at Etreat on 17th December, 1916. He was marked for transfer to England on 1st January, 1917 & embarked from Havre, France on 2nd January, 1917 on Hospital Ship Carisbrook Castle.

Driver Murray was admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Brighton, England on 3rd January, 1917 with Appendicitis. He was transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield, Middlesex, England on 10th April, 1917 with Renal Colic.

On 26th June, 1917 Driver Murray was posted to No. 3 Command Depot at Hurdcott, Wiltshire, England & was medically classified as B1 A3 (fit for overseas training camp in 2 – 3 weeks).

He was sent sick to Fovant Hospital, Wiltshire, on 11th July, 1917 where the old inflamed appendix was removed. He was marched in to No. 3 Command Depot on 10th August, 1917 from Fovant Hospital.

Driver George Wren Murray was medically classified as B1 A3 (fit for overseas training camp in 2 – 3 weeks) at No. 3 Command Depot on 16th September, 1917. He was medically classified as A3 (medically & dentally fit) at No. 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, Wiltshire, England in October, 1917.

On 26th October, 1917 Driver Murray was marched in to Overseas Training Brigade at Longbridge Deverill, Wiltshire on 26th October, 1917 from No. 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, Wiltshire, England.

He proceeded overseas to France via Southampton on 23rd November, 1917 & rejoined 37th Battery from England on 29th November, 1917.

Driver Murray reported sick on 11th December, 1917. He was admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance on 12th December, 1917 with Pleurisy then transferred to Casualty Clearing Station on the same day. From there he was transferred & admitted to 5th General Hospital at Rouen on 16th December, 1917 – cause N.Y.D. (not yet determined). He was marked for transfer to England on 12th January, 1918 & transferred on 14th January, 1918 on Hospital Ship Aberdonian.

Driver George Wren Murray died at 5.45 pm on 17th January, 1918 at Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England from Pleurisy and Heart Failure.

He was buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 172 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)


Biography contributed

Father: William MURRAY, 1859-1926 (buried Orange Cemetery); Mother: Alice MURRAY (d. 30 October 1949, aged 86; buried. Orange Cemetery).


Nine members of one of the oldest Orange district families — the Murrays — are already at the front. The oldest member of the clan — Mr. John Murray, of near Cudal — has passed the 100 years mark, but can still swing an axe with vigour. Another brother, Walter Murray, died a month ago at the age of 93 years. The family hail from Sutherland, Scotland, and reached Australiain the early Thirties, and made their way to the Orange district, where they were concerned with pastoral pursuits later as the population increased, assisting to de- velop its agricultural industry. Their immediate progenitor fought in the battle of Waterloo. The first of the younger members of the clan to fight were Messrs. Adam and William Murray, members of the Soudan contingent. They were followed by Sergeant Adam Murray, of The Meadows, Orange, Trooper George Murray, of Cudal, and Trooper William Murray, of The Meadows, Orange, who fought through the Boer War. At the beginning of the present war Sage and George Murray, of The Meadows, were among the first to leave, going with the first detachment of Light Horse, to be promptly followed by George Murray, Cudal; John. Murray, Cumnock; Roy Douglas Murray, Thomas Miller Murray, Frank Murray, Manildra; and Walter Murray, Cumnock. Two of the above soldiers are sons of Mr. William Murray, of Fairy burn, near Orange, who was a member of the State military forces for years, and participated in 28 camps." - from the Maitland Weekly Mercury 21 Aug 1915 (