The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Murray
First Name:
Louis McGuffy
Nick Name:
Jack
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX10796
Company:
‘A’ Company, 5 Platoon
Enlisted:
15.01.1941
Discharged:
11.01.1946
DOB:
3.04.1919
Place of Birth:
Wigtown, Wigtownshire, Scotland
Father's Name:
James Murray
Mothers's Name:
Agnes Murray (Nee Mitchell)
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Pastry Cook
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
D' Force Thailand, V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Brancassi, Hindaine, Kuii, Nacompaton, Bangkok (go‐downs)
POW#:
4 /6436 & 2272
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Sydney, HMT Highland Chieftan; Sydney-Melbourne-Perth by troop train

General Description

Murray L Raynor L Hughes R McDonald C McGhee A Noalunga Beach SA
Murray L Raynor L Hughes R McDonald C McGhee A Noalunga Beach SA

 

Standing: Left-right C. Vidler, B.Fitzgerald, H.E. Saw, N.H.E Thompson, L.M. Murray, L. Armstrong.

Front Row:  Left-right D.F. Sterrett, John Gilmour.

At Window: C.J. McDonald.  1941 Woodside SA.

Photograph taken by John Lane, donated AWM.

 

 

Murray had previously been a member of 28th Militia.
Scottish born Murray enlisted 14 Jan 1941 joining ‘A’ Coy No. 5 Platoon.  He travelled to Woodside SA and Darwin with the Battalion.
He was captured by the Japanese at Cemetery Hill during the fighting at Singapore.
As a POW at Singapore, Murray was selected to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force, V Battalion which departed Singapore by train on 17 March 1943 for Thailand.

Please read further about V Battalion

Murray apparently had one rib removed whilst he was in one of the camps in Thailand.
He was evacuated sometime during 1943 to Nacompaton Hospital in Thailand.  He was obviously not fit enough to be selected to work in Japan as many others unfortunately did.
He was working in Bangkok on the go-downs when the war ended.

 

 

During 1941 Jack was best man at his 2/4th mate Joe Baker’s (from Coolgardie) wedding held in Perth.
Tragically Joe Baker would lose his life when his POW Transport Ship was sunk by American submarines in Sept 1944 in South China Sea.

 

Jack married in Perth 1941 to Eileen Margaret Joy.  Eileen was the daughter of Thomas Joy and Agnes May Stanley of Katanning.
We believe Jack and Eileen had one daughter, Jeanette.
In 1949 Electoral Roll Jack and Eileen were residing 9 Stanford St, Leederville.  Jack was working as a factory hand. In 1954 they were residing Dumbleyung with Jack working as a Labourer. In 1958 the couple were residing Ravensthorpe, Jack was working as a miner.

 

In Dec 1951 his mother Agnes Murray died at Kalgoorlie – Louis and Eileen were residing at Wagin.

30 June 1969 Jack died aged 50 years.  His body was cremated at Karrakatta Cemetery.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Brankassi, Prang Kasi, 208k - Thailand
  • Hindaine, Kui Mang 200k - Thailand
  • Kuii, Kui Yae, 185.6k - Thailand
  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
  • Bangkok - Thailand
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