Robert Thomas Murray

Feb 14, 1893

Born in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA to Robert Thomas and Delia T. (nee Casey) Murray


May 14, 1917

Attested into the 254th Battalion CEF in Trenton, Ontario

Ø  Number 1093427

Ø  Next of kin given as Robert Murray, 81 Spencer Ave., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA

Ø  Previous occupation given as fireman

Ø  Previous military experience given as USA Infantry

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

The battalion trained in the Belleville area


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Seaford where it was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion and assigned to “A” Company


Jun 22, 1917

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #2 for being absent and forfeited 1 days pay


Jul 14, 1917

Sentenced to 10 days Field Punishment #2 for an unspecified offence


Jul 17, 1917

Admitted to the Raven’s Croft Canadian Military Hospital in Seaford with a diagnosis that reads Hemorrhoids


Jul 25, 1917

Surgery performed to relieve the symptoms


Sep 4, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Nov 14, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 12 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 17, 1917

After leaving the base depot he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart


Nov 24, 1917

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Murray joined the 21st Battalion in the front line near Acheville, France


Dec 1, 1917

Attached to the 182nd Company, Royal Engineers for duty


Dec 21, 1917

Rejoined the battalion in billets in Auchy-au-Bois from temporary duty


Apr 29, 1918

The 21st Battalion carried out a trench raid in the early morning hours on German lines at Neuville Vitasse and Private Murray received shrapnel wounds to his chest.  He died while being carried to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for treatment.  He was later buried in the Bac-du-Sud British Cemetery, Bailleuval, France.


Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his aunt, Mrs. Annie E. Brady, 83 Spencer Ave., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA

The Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA high school war memorial honours Private Murray

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