Harry Murray

May 26, 1897

Born in Toronto, Ontario to Patrick and Elizabeth Murray


Aug 5, 1915

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

Ø  Number 144609

Ø  Next of kin given as Patrick Murray, father, 93 Mitchell Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Butcher

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Assigned to the battalion’s 1st Regimental Draft

His brother, Frank Murray, attested into the same battalion in Smiths Falls 2 weeks later


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 Frank 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


Sep 15, 1916

The 21st Battalion was assigned the sugar refinery at Courcelette as their objective in the battle of the Somme.  The fighting was severe and Private Murray was reported to be missing in action.  Sometime later he was declared to have been killed on this date.  His identified remains were never recovered from the battlefield and his name is listed on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France for those killed during the war with no known grave.



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 address


Nov 28, 1916

His brother Frank died in Hospital in Leeds, Yorkshire of Pleurisy and Pneumonia

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