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Full Name: Lyn Murray
Rank Last Held: Sergeant
Forename(s): Lyn
Surname: Murray
War: Korean War, 1950-1953
Serial No.: 206405
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 26 March 1929
Place of Birth: Pahiatua, Wairarapa, New Zealand
Occupation before Enlistment: Labourer
Enlistment Address: Petone, Wellington, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: Kayforce
Last Unit Served: Royal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment
Place of Death: Korea
Date of Death: 27 December 1952
Age at Death: 23
Year of Death: 1952
Cemetery Name: United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea
Memorial Name: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo.
Biographical Notes:
  • Served with Jayforce 1947-48
  • Served with Kayforce 1951-52
  • Died of disease (Songo fever)
Description of Image:
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo (taken in April 1999).
  • Hall of Memories WW2, Auckland War Memorial Museum, looking East (taken in April 1999)
Additional Information:
  • An article on Manchurian fever appeared in the New Zealand Herald (19 November 1951, p. 8).
  • "To combat the fever [Songo or Manchurian fever, a type of haemorrhagic fever], which was transmitted by fleas, the men were required to adopt strict rodent control. Rats were hunted ruthlessly. The keeping of dogs was prohibited, and everybody had to smear all their clothes, inside and out, with an unpleasant smelling anti-flea ointment. Despite these measures Songo fever remained a lurking danger, especially during winter months. In December 1952, another gunner, Sergeant Lyn Murray, fell victim to the disease." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 240)
Further References:
  • Ian McGibbon, New Zealand and the Korean War, Volume II: Combat Operations, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1996, pp. 240, 371, 408.
  • New Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online. URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/korean-war
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