George Wren MURRAY

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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, Orange, New South Wales, 15 February 1892
Home Town: Orange, Orange Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of Illness (pleurisy & heart failure), Tidworth, England, 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 HB1, Shire of Canobolas
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World War 1 Service

22 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 422, Roseberry Park, New South Wales
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 422, 1st Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Star of Victoria, Sydney
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 422, 1st Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
17 Jan 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 422, 10th Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography

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

"NINE AT THE FRONT. FAMILY OF SOLDIERS

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 (nla.gov.au)

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