Frank Murray

Jun 23, 1896

Born in Toronto, Ontario to Patrick and Elizabeth Murray


Aug 5, 1915

Attested into the 77th Battalion CEF in Smiths Falls, Ontario

Ø  Number 144427

Ø  Next of kin given as Elizabeth Murray, mother, 93 Mitchell Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Assigned to the battalion’s 1st Regimental Draft

His brother, Harry Murray, attested into the same battalion in Smiths Falls 2 weeks earlier


Oct 23, 1915

The battalion’s 1st Regimental Draft embarked the SS California in Quebec, City, Quebec along with his brother, Harry



Oct 31, 1915

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe where the draft was absorbed into the 12th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Mar 15, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 16, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 1,288 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.  His brother Harry was transferred at the same time.


Mar 21, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Murray joined the 21st Battalion in Brigade Reserve in Ridgewood, Belgium


Jun 30, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Pleurisy and Pneumonia.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 17, CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment


Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to the No. 13 General Hospital


Jul 8, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Denis



On arrival in England he was admitted to the No. 2 Northern General Hospital, Beckett’s Park, Leeds

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Sep 15, 1916

His brother Harry was killed in action during fighting at Courcelette


Nov 27, 1916

Reported to be seriously ill


Nov 28, 1916

Private Frank Murray died of Pleurisy and Pneumonia while in hospital at 1:45 am and was buried in the nearby Leeds Roman Catholic Cemetery, Yorkshire, England



Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. Patrick Murray, 13 Bellwoods Ave., Toronto, Ontario

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. E. Murray, at the same addres.

Frank Murray is also honoured on a panel at the Leeds Cemetery

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