James Parsons MURPHY


MURPHY, James Parsons

Service Number: 3227
Enlisted: 5 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Aldershot, England , 22 May 1870
Home Town: Port Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Fireman (Fire Brigade)
Died: Killed in Action, Fromelles, France, 19 July 1916, aged 46 years
Cemetery: VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial (WW1), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

5 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
12 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3227, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3227, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Medic, Adelaide
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3227, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Born 1870 - Died aged 46


Private J. P. Murphy, who was killed in action in France on July 17, was a well-known and highly-esteemed member of the Port Adelaide branch of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. He joined the service on November 21, 1898, and had been stationed at Port Adelaide up to the time he enlisted with the military forces on August 8, 1915. With others he received the King's medal in recognition of his bravery in extinguishing the fire on board the steamer South Africa, loaded with explosives, at the North Arm on August 21, 1910. The conflagration threatened to blow up the ship, as well as the Port, and Private Murphy was one of the first of the firemen on the scene. In this connection he also received medals from the Fire Brigade and from the citizens of Port Adelaide.

He was the recipient of a long service medal from the brigade. Private Murphy held the rank of foreman when he enlisted with the 7th Reinforcements of the 27th Battalion, to which his only son was also attached. Both were transferred to another battalion in France. Private Murphy, who was bom at Guernsey, Channel Islands, joined H.M.A.S. Protector soon after her arrival in South Australia from England, and served on board for some years. He has left a widow, the daughter of Mr. W. G. Maslin, of Portland Estate." - From the Adelaide Advestiser 24 Aug 1915 (nla.gov.au)  (nla.gov.au)