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John Murray

John Murray

Major General John Murray was born at The Rocks in Sydney in 1892, the fourth of seven children or Irish immigrants. He was educated at St Patrick’s and went to work at Anthony Horderns in 1910. At the same time he joined the Citizen Military Force, in which he remained between the wars. He enlisted in the AIF in 1915 and fought in the AIF in both the First and Second World Wars. He ended the war as General Officer Commanding the Northern Territory Force. Major General Murray died in 1951 after a short diplomatic career. His hobbies were family, motoring and military art.

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  • Murray fought in the AIF in both the First and Second World Wars.
  • He won the Military Cross as a company commander during the disastrous Battle of Fromelles – 19 July 1916 – when during one night, 5,533 Australian soldiers were killed, wounded or captured.
  • Murray won the Distinguished Service Order at Peronne.
  • After WW1, he set up his own, highly successful trucking company and became president of the Modern Transportation Federation and Chairman of the Transport Advisory Council.
  • At the beginning of the Second World War, at the age of 47 years – he raised the 20th Brigade at Ingleburn before embarking for Palestine.
  • In 1941, the brigade joined the 9th Division in pursuit of the Italian Army in North Africa but came face to face with Rommel’s Afrika Korps.
  • Murray won a Bar to his DSO for delaying the advance of the German forces at Mersa Brega and Er Regina, as the 9th Division withdrew to Tobruk.
  • He was second in command through the siege of Tobruk.
  • Murray was recalled to Australia as the threat from Japan loomed and ended the war as General Officer Commanding the Northern Territory Force.

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