The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private Cecil Murray

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Cecil Bertie Murray

Ancestor's date of birth: 07/1881

Ancestor's date of death: 1963

Cause of Death: Age related

Service Number: 1499

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Langwarrin

Unit: 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): GNR, Date Effective: 16/10/1915

Murray Page: 298

Contingent: Fifth Victorian

Ship: SS Orient, Date of Sailing: 15/02/1901

Memorial details: VMR Memorial Melbourne

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps Transvaal/Orange Free State/Cape Colony and King's South Africa Medal - South Africa 1901-1902. 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Loved horses and was a Saddler (Pte) under his older brother George Murray who was his Sergeant. Height 167 cm, weight 60 kg (1915).

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: March 1901 - March 1902 in east Transvaal and Natal frontier, including defeat at Wilmansrust where 18 killed and 42 wounded (12 June 1901), and successful intervention at Onverwacht (4 January 1902); heaviest casualties of any Australian contingent, at Wilmansrust suffered the costliest defeat.

Service and life after the Boer War: WW1 Service No. 2872. Joined 22 Bn AIF, 5th reinforcements 10 September 1915. Transferred to the Artillery 16 October 1915. Embarked Melbourne HMAT Ulysses 27 October 1915. Served in France as driver (rank gunner) with the 15 and 3 Field Artillery Batteries AIF. Discharged as Medically Unfit 21 May 1918.
Was a JP in Maldon Victoria before he died in 1963.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: David James Murray, Rochester VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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