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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Aeneas MURRAY

Born 1885 in Gingin, Western Australia [15]
Son of John MURRAY and "Fanny" Elizabeth Fanny GEE [15]
Grew up in Gingin and was educated at the Gingin State School [18]
Labourer on the Cleveland Estate in Gingin in 1909 [50]
Labourer in Mingenew in 1910 [50]
Contractor of Shenton Street in Minegenew in 1912 [50]
Railway Fettler in Carnamah in 1914 and 1915 [10] [30: item 7989566]
     Sang a song at the "Carnamah Concert" held at the railway goods shed in Carnamah on Friday 19 February 1915 [10: 26-Feb-1915]
     He is probably the "Mr Murray" who won the Throwing at Wicket at the Picnic Races in Carnamah on 24 June 1915 [39: 7-Jul-1915]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 31 July 1915 [30: item 7989566]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighed 157 pounds and had hazel eyes, light brown hair and a fair complexion [30]
     He gave his next of kin as his mother, whose address was Gingin, Western Australia [30]
     After undergoing training he was on 16 October 1915 appointed to the 12th Reinforcements of the 11th Infantry Battalion [30]
     Prior to leaving for war he visited Carnamah in mid November 1915 and was wished "God-speed, and a safe return" [9: 26-Nov-1915]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. Mongolia on 22 November 1915 [30]
     Underwent further training in Egypt before proceeding to France, arriving on 5 April 1916 [30]
     Private 3898 in the Australian Imperial Force's 11th Infantry Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Sometime between 22 and 25 July 1916 he was wounded in action, receiving a gunshot wound to his left buttock [30]
     He was transported to England for treatment and then returned to France on 4 December 1916 to rejoin his battalion [30]
     Admitted to hospital due to illness on 28 April 1917 and rejoined his battalion on 10 June 1917 [30]
     Came down with trench fever in Rouen, France and was hospitalised on 25 July 1917 [30]
     He was removed to England for treatment but returned to France on 1 February 1918 and once again rejoined his battalion [30]
     Hospitalised due to illness on 9 May 1918 until rejoining his battlaion on 25 May 1918 [30]
     Wounded in action on 30 July 1918 receiving a shell wound to his head and a fractured skull [30]
Died 31 July 1918 at the 1st Australian Field Ambulance in France "of wounds received in action" [30]
     He was buried on the same day as his death at the Borre British Cemetery in Borre, Nord, France (II, F, 9) [17] [30]
     His headstone includes the verse "One who has helped to write Australia's history in blood" [346]
     In March 1919 the remaining effects he'd had in France were sent to his mother in Gingin, Western Australia [30]
     The effects sent to his mother were a wallet, phrase book, devotional book, cigarette cards, two keys rings, bullets and a button [30]
     Awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal - which were also sent to his mother [30]
     His mother also received two photos of his grave while a third photo was sent to Miss Olive M. PARKIN of Carnamah [30]
     Miss PARKIN had written to the Australian Imperial Force and requested a photograph of his grave [30]
His name appears on Carnamah's Roll of Honour, the Carnamah War Memorial [35] and the Gingin War Memorial [347]
It is suspected that he might also be the "A. Murray" listed on the Mingenew Honour Roll [347]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Aeneas Murray' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 October 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/aeneas-murray [sources]




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