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Edward John Murray was born in Ballarat and was a Labourer by trade when he enlisted in the 21st Battalion, 4th Reinforcement on 19 July 1915 at the age of 34. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915. On August 1st 1916 he was wounded in action, sustaining a gunshot wound to his right knee/thigh. He was evacuated to hospital in England, but by February 1917 he was able to rejoin his unit in France. At the end of 1917 he was able to enjoy a period of leave in Paris and in England, before rejoining his battalion in February 1918. He was wounded for a second time on April 22nd 1918 when he suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder. Again he recovered and at the war's end was able to return to Australia on the Trasos Montes, disembarking at Melbourne on May 22nd 1919.
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