No.459 Private John Clarence McMurray
John Clarence McMurray was born in Coghills Creek, Victoria, Australia on 17 August 1893 to John McMurray and Mary Ann Robinson. He had one brother Harry Dougan and one sister Ivy Eleanor.
John Clarence McMurray's father was a successful farmer and an active member of the community.
John enlisted into the Army at Stratford, Victoria on 24 September, 1914. He was aged twenty one years and one month and was five feet and nine inches. John weighed ten stone, seven pounds. He had a chest measurement of thirty three to thirty five and a half inches. John's complexion was fair, with grey blue eyes and light brown hair.
All of this was recorded on enlistment.
His embarked from Melbourne on 11/12 February 1915. He was with the 9th Light Horse Regiment C squadron and was a Private. On 21 November 1917 he was appointed to the Imperial Camel Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant. On 1 March 1918 he was appointed as a Lieutenant. John returned to Australia on 16 November 1919. His appointment was terminated 30 April 1920.
In 1919 he was living in Stratford, Gippsland and working as a bank clerk.
In 1924 he was living in Coffee Palace Rushworth, Echuca, again working as a bank clerk.
He married Irene Morley Wright on 18 April 1924 in Clunes, Victoria, and they had a daughter, Elizabeth Mary in 1929 and a son.
John joined the military again in 1939 to serve in the Second World War, in Lameroo, South Australia. S74388 was his service number. His company details were C Coy 8th Battalion VDC.
The electoral roll for 1943 confirmed that Irene Morley McMurray and John Clarence McMurray are living in Lameroo Barker, South Australia, and he is listed as a bank manager.
His mother Mary Ann died in Werribee on 22 March 1946 and his father John died in Werribee on 12 June 1948.
John Clarence McMurray died on 31 October 1965 in South Australia and is buried in Centennial Park Cemetry, Pasadena, South Australia.
Medals and Entitlements:
- 1914/1915 Star medal – 5 July 1920
- British War Medal - 25 April 1922
- Victory Medal - 25 April 1922