The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Sergeant George Murray|
Ancestor's Name: George William Murray
Ancestor's date of birth: 04/03/1876
Ancestor's date of death: 02/03/1955
Cause of Death: Age 79 years at Orbost Victoria
Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born in Rokeby Tasmania, worked as a Saddler.
Service Number: 1626
Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Albert Park
Unit: 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles
Rank attained in Boer War: SGT, Date Effective: 1901
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: 21/02/1916
Murray Page: 301
Contingent: Fifth Victorian
Ship: Orient, Date of Sailing: 05/02/1901
Memorial details: 5VMR Memorial Albert Park, Melbourne.
Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal, South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 clasps. British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Personal Characteristics: 165 cm tall, 56 kg (1916) of fair complexion with light brown eyes and dark brown hair.
Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.
Details of service in war: A saddler-sergeant served 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: Married Mary-Ann, had four children was living at East Malvern and working at a Saddler in 1916. Joined the AIF 21 February 1916. Served in France with the Australian Army Service Corps as a saddler. Was discharged 12 December 1919.
Name of Descendant: Nancye Elizabeth Wallace, Orbost VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandaughter