Tuesday 13 November 2012

Private John Herbert Murphy

Born on 16 October 1897 in Dunborfro[?], Elgin, Ontario - son of Edward and Thursa Anna Murphy, Vienna, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Vienna, Ontario; trade as farming; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 39 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 91st Battalion, CEF, in St. Thomas, Ontario, on 28 January 1916 (number 189927) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 20 or 21 August 1916 - killed in action on 18 November 1916 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Many thanks to Paul Freeman and the Elgin County Archives for this image of Pte. Murphy).

(Updated with an image of Pte Murphy's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

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