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Walter R. Murray


No 1 Australian General Hospital

Medals Earned

  • British War Medal
  • 1914-15 Star
  • Military Medal
  • Victory Medal

Tree Information

  • Species: Not Assessed
  • Planted By: Miss E. Hayes
  • Plaque: 663

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Walter Rignall (Reginald) Murray was born in Ballarat and was a Butcher by trade when he enlisted in the No 1 Australian General Hospital on 14 April 1915 at the age of 21. His unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board A62 Wandilla on 25 June 1915. . In March 1916 he was admitted to hospital at Heliopolis suffering from tonsillitis. He reached France in October, but on December 26th he was hospitalised in France with an infected larynx and influenza but was then withdrawn to England where he spent several months. While in England an absent without leave saw him forfeit 7 day's pay. In October 1917 he returned to France, joining the 4th Field Ambulance.

In September 1918 his bravery was rewarded with a Military Medal, his citation reading, 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty about 5.30 am on 18/9/18 south of Le VERGUIER and east of PERONNE. He was attached to the Medical Officer of the 48th Battalion at the jumping off line, when information was received that there were several wounded machine gunners lying about 200 yards to their left flank. This man who was in charge of a squad, immediately took his squad over ground continually swept by shell and machine gunfire and by his gallant leadership and bravery, kept his squad together and brought in the wounded man safely to a sheltered spot. His complete disregard to personal danger, was markedly noticeable during the whole operation'. After the war he left England on January 25th 1919 as part of the nursing staff on the Ceramic.
Tree No. 663

Location in Ballarat Avenue of Honour