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Full Name
David Magnus Murray
Rank Last Held
Private
Forename(s)
David Magnus
Surname
Murray
War
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
8176
Gender
Male
First Known Rank
Private
Occupation before Enlistment
Farmhand
Next of Kin
Mrs E. Murray (mother), Rosewill, Tyeho RD, Timaru, New Zealand
Marital Status
Single
Enlistment Address
C/o G.L. Murray, Rosewill, Tyeho RD, Timaru, New Zealand
Military District
Timaru
Body on Embarkation
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 1st Echelon
Embarkation Unit
20 Canto
Nominal Roll Number
WW2 1
Page on Nominal Roll
WW2 131
Last Unit Served
20 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death
German Casualty Clearing Station, Crete
Date of Death
26 May 1941
Age at Death
27
Year of Death
1941
Cause of Death
Died of wounds as a Prisoner of War
Memorial Name
  • Athens Memorial, Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece
  • Pleasant Point School War Memorial, South Canterbury
  • Rosewill District War Memorial, Rosewill Hall, corner of Basset Road and Fraser Road, Rosewill, Timaru, New Zealand
Memorial Reference
Panel 14
Biographical Notes
  • Private Murray was the son of Gordon Luckhurst Murray and of Elizabeth Murray (nee Allan), of Timaru.
  • Three sons, brothers were killed in WW2: David Magnus Murray (8176); Gavin Allan Murray (36771) and Henry James Murray (NZ415820).
  • Family write "He was seriously wounded and died in a German Casualty Clearing Station as a Prisoner of War. He was buried 27 May 1941 and the service was presided by Padre Hiddlestone, also a Prisoner of War. His gravesite is unknown."
Description of Image
  • Portrait (kindly provided by family)
  • Pleasant Point School War Memorial, South Canterbury, Names WW2 (Photo Brian Davison, 2009)
  • Rosewill District War Memorial (photo donated by Brian Davison 2009)
NZETC
Further References
Sources Used
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
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