Winsleigh Alexander MURRAY (1885-1917)

9th Infantry Brigade AIF

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Corporal: 3170 Winsleigh Alexander MURRAY.


Born: 1885. North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Birth Cert:11996/1885.

Married: 1911. Mosman, New South Wales, Australia. Marriage Cert:2210/1911.

Wife: Bessie Hilton Murray. nee: Eather. (-1965)

Died: 12th October 1917. Killed in Action Passchendaele, France.


Father: Alexander Winsleigh Murray.

Mother: Isabella Murray. nee:.


INFORMATION

Winsleigh Alexander Murray enlisted with the 7th Reinforecement, 35th Battalion AIF on the 1st of May 1916 and left Australia on board HMAT A68 "Anchises" on the 24th of January 1917. It is recorded BEAN's; History of World War 1, that Murray was never heard of again during the battle of Passchendaele?

9th-12th October 1917 saw the 3rd Division, 9th and 10th Infantry Brigade in action during the Battle of Passchendaele, which saw massive losses and suffering in the Australian ranks. The casualties numbered 3,199 men in 24hours during the height battle.The 34th Battalion lost every officer that day, either killed or wounded including their Medical Officer, Major: Gother Robert Caslide CLARKE and some of his staff were killed while dressing the wounded. The spirit of some of the wounded is illustrated by the case of Corporal: 3170 Winsleigh Alexander MURRAY 35th Battalion, (formerly a Methodist Minister from Newcastle) gave up his place in a queue waiting for stretcher bearers and was never heard of again.

(BEAN; History of World War 1 Vol IV page 923)

8th April 1918.

Informant: Sergeant: 112 Cecil Wilfred HOWARD 35th Battalion AIF. Corporal: 3170 Winsleigh Alexander MURRAY. was a Corporal in A Company 3 Platoon, and one of the finest men I have ever met. He had been a Methodist Parson in Newcastle (N.S.W) and by an act of calm, self-sacrifice, gave up his life for another man. He was wounded at the Blue Line at Passchendaele and was the Stretcher Bearers were going to take him away, he said "No, leave me, and take the other man" (pointing to a wounded man of the 33rd Battalion, lying near) The chaps said he was badly wounded and thought he died, but might have been saved if he had been taken to the Dressing Station, but we had to go on and leave him.

No:1 Australian General Hospital, Rouen.

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Winsleigh is remembered with honour and is commemerated in perpetuity by the Commonweath War Graves Commission at the Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood.

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AIF Nominal Roll records show that Winsleigh Murray returned to Australia in 1919. This record is incorrect.

FAMILY INFORMATION

Winsleigh Alexander was a Methodist Minister from "Morella",Toronto, Newcastle, N.S.W. upon enlistment. His parents Alexander and Isabella Murray were married and had at least 6 children. Agnes M Murray born 1883 at North Sydney, N.S.W. Birth Cert:9976/1883. Alexander Winsleigh Murray born 1885 at North Sydney, N.S.W. Birth Cert:11996/1885 and died in 1917 in France. John Murray born 1887 at Ryde, N.S.W. Birth Cert:19688/1887 and died in 1888 at Ryde, N.S.W. Death Cert:8795/1888. Elizabeth Bonar Murray born 1889 at Ryde, N.S.W. Birth Cert:19462/1889. Horatius Bonar Murray born 1892 at Ryde, N.S.W. Birth Cert:31700/1892 and died in 1951 at Burwood, N.S.W. Death Cert:16253/1951. Eunice Collena Murray born 1895 at Granville, N.S.W. Birth Cert:3611/1895.

Bessie Hilton Murray died in 1965 at St-Leonards, NSW. Death Cert:17438/1965. Private: 8775A Horatius Bonar Murray. 20th Battaion AIF was a Locomotive Fireman from the Railway Hotel, Sutherland, N.S.W. upon enlistment.

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