Finlay Murphy

Jun 17, 1893

Born in Manchester, England


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59683 (temporary number 1021)

Ø  Next of kin given as Violet Murphy, sister, 246 Bay St., Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Assigned to “H” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jul 23, 1915

Forfeited 1 days pay for absence


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


May 23, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Defective Hearing


May 30, 1916

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Sep 15, 1916

Admitted to the No. 11 CFA with a diagnosis that reads Myalgia and transferred the same day to the No. 12 CFA


Sep 16, 1916

Transferred to the No. 113 Imperial Field Ambulance


Sep 24, 1916

Transferred to the No. 8 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) and the diagnosis is changed to read Lumbago


Oct 1, 1916

Discharged to duty from the casualty clearing company


Nov 7, 1917

Attached to the 250th Tunneling Company for duty


Jul 1, 1918

Admitted to the No. 7 Canadian General Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Jul 8, 1918

Discharged from hospital to report to the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples and assigned to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Jul 14, 1918

After leaving the base depot he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St Vaast.  Private Murphy rejoined the 21st Battalion a short time later


Aug 27, 1918

During the 21st Battalion’s advance on the town of Guemappe, France, Private Murphy was killed in action.  He was later buried in the Vis-en-Artois British Military Cemetery in France



Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his sister, Violet Murphy, 22 Ross St., Toronto, Ontario

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. O. Kern, c/o The Salvation Army, 398 St. Antoine St., Montreal, Quebec

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