WW1 Medal Groups
WW1 Territorial Force War Medal Group, Royal Artillery - Named To McMurray
A WW1 medal group awarded to 1736 (later 850830) Gunner William McMurray, who served with the 215th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.
The details of his awards are as follows:
British War Medal and Victory Medal named to 850820 GNR. W. MC MURRAY. R.A.
Territorial Force War Medal named to 1736 GNR. W. MC MURRAY. R.A.
The medals are loose and come with a set of replacement ribbons.
Neither McMurray’s Medal Index Card or medal roll entries, which can be viewed by clicking on here, on here and on here, (if you have access to Ancestry), although a paper copy of the MIC will be provided with this listing, give any indication as to which theatre of war he served in. However, his service records are still available and can be viewed by clicking on here, if you have a subscription to ‘find my past’.
In summary, McMurray (a Scot) was born in 1893. At the time he enlisted, he lived at 267 Main Street, Maryhill, Glasgow.
He enlisted in March 1914 with the 3rd ‘Low’ Brigade RFA. He was posted to the 222nd Brigade RFA in August 1914, but in December of the same year, he was posted to the 1088 Battery, 215th Brigade (a part of the 1st Wessex) RFA and with the brigade was posted to India where he remained until February 1917, when the brigade was moved to Mesopotamia (landing at Basra) where he remained until March 1919.
It took him 6 weeks to get home, and there is a reference to him being in Poona (India) with the 222nd Brigade in March 1919, before arriving home and being transferred back to the territorials in May 1919, when he was posted to the ‘375th Battery’.
His service records confirm that he was awarded the three medals noted above. I have undertaken no research into this man in regards to his life following WW1.
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