The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Trooper Charles Murphy

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Charles Henry Murphy

Ancestor's date of birth: 14/07/1884

Ancestor's date of death: 15/09/1966

Cause of Death: Age Related

Service Number: 3156

Colony or State of enlistment: Not applicable, Place of Enlistment: Capetown SA 6/1/1902

Unit: 3rd NSW Imperial Bushman

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: 28/08/1915

Murray Page: 158

Contingent: This squadron formed up in South Africa from Australians (nominally part of the fifth New South Wales contingent)

Ship: Aurania

Memorial details: War Memorial in Bourke NSW

Decorations: QSA Transvaal, SA 1902 He never collected his medals. Should also nominally been entitled to the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal; his record of service does not note such an award.

Personal Characteristics: Height 1.7 m, weight: 57.6 kg (1915), brown hair, blue eyes, fair complexion with tattoos on both arms (1915). A bootmaker by trade, he was a superb bushman who loved reading and was an expert at reciting poetry.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: Unit formed May 1901 in Klerksdorp around reinforcements intended for Citizen and Imperial Bushmen contingents; a few members including TPR Murphy were recruited in South Africa. Served from when he joined in January 1902 to May 1902 in east then west Transvaal. TPR Murphy was discharged June 1902. His service is interesting as he enlisted in Capetown in the squadron raised there in January 1902 for the 3rd NSW Imperial Bushmen. Discharged 2 June 1902 Sydney (?).

Service and life after the Boer War: Charles Henry Murphy was a bushman from Western NSW. Most of his working life was spent as a station overseer at 'Tindary'station between Bourke and Cobar,he spent his later life at Wrightville near Cobar,his name is recorded on the war memorial at Bourke. By 1915 he was a widower. He joined the AIF on 28 August 1915 at Newcastle NSW, but broke camp and does not appear to have seen service; joined again on 8 January 1917 at West Maitland. Posted to 53 bn, he appeared again not to have seen service at the front, going absent without leave in Bristol, UK, then being returned to Australia and discharged on the grounds of medical disability on 16 February 1918. Descendant: Private Noel Anthony Worne (R.I.P. 29/4/2012) N451441 2nd Australian Field Regiment 10/2/1943 - 16/1/1947.
Charles Murphy, Pauline Prince's uncle, lived with her mother, Mollie Prince, his sister, at Enmore Station, Cobar after her father, Bill Prince died in 1951. They moved into Cobar in the 60s. Charlie died in 1966. (See Obituary in The Cobar Age 22 September 1966).


Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Betty Ellis, Eastwood NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Niece

Name of Descendant: Pauline Mary Prince, North Sydney NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: niece

Name of Descendant: Carmel Ann Meddemmen (nee Prince), North Sydney NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: niece

Name of Descendant: Daphne Margaret Hudson (nee Prince), Dubbo NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: niece

Name of Descendant: Robert Ellis, Kellyville NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: grand-nephew



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