Kenric Newton Lathrop MURRAY

MURRAY, Kenric Newton Lathrop

Service Number: 400152
Enlisted: 23 June 1940
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 249 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23 October 1921
Home Town: Toorak, Stonnington, Victoria
Schooling: Melbourne Grammar School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Motor Driver
Died: Injuries obtained in Flying Battle, Middle East, 10 March 1942, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery
Prot. Sec. (Officers'). Plot E. Coll. grave 18. INSCRIPTION - LOVED SON OF HUGH AND EILA
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Narromine Aviation Museum Memorial Wall
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World War 2 Service

23 Jun 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, 400152
23 Jun 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, 400152, Air Crew Melbourne
3 Oct 1940: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, Sydney for overseas service
12 Feb 1941: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant
4 May 1941: Involvement Royal Air Force , Sergeant
10 Oct 1941: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, 400152, On being granted a Commission
10 Mar 1942: Involvement Royal Air Force , Pilot Officer, No. 249 Squadron (RAF)

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Kenric Newton Lathrop MURRAY was born in Melbourne, Victoria on 23rd October, 1921

His parents were Hugh Dynnyme Lathrop MURRAY & Eila Isabel CALVERT who married in Victoria in 1918 - his father was previously married in 1898 to Mary Ann MacINNES & was widowed

His mother Eila was a Nurse in WW1 with the 1st Australian General Hospital & returned to Australia on 25th August, 1917

His father Hugh was a Medical Practitioner and served as a Captain in WW1

Kenric had served for 4 years in the Melbourne Grammar School Cadet Corp before he enlisted on 23rd June, 1940 in Melbourne with the Royal Australian Air Force as Air Crew

He embarked from Sydney on 3rd October, 1940 for Overseas Service and was discharged from the RAAF on 10th October, 1941 on being granted a Commission to Sergeant on 12th February, 1941

Kenric died in a Flying Battle on 10th March, 1942 near Dingli, Malta when he was attacked by enemy action while in a Spitfire AB343

He crashed at Dingli at 2.40pm and was taken to hospital and died shortly afterwards from multiple injuries

He is buried in the Malta Capuccini Naval Cemetery and his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial & the Roll of Honour in Toorak, Melbourne