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Private William McKee Murphy

 

Murphy 1

 

William McKee Murphy was born on 13 September 1893 at Prospect, Ballymoney, County Antrim, son of agricultural labourer Thomas Murphy and his wife Matilda (Tilly) Murphy (formerly McKee).

He enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Antrim in early January 1916 (No.2073).

Around January 1917 he embarked for France to join one of the two North Irish Horse regiments serving there. However that month he contracted pneumonia and was hospitalised at No.9 General Hospital in Rouen. He died on 12 February 1917.

Private Murphy is buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Seine-Maritime, France, grave O.V.C.7. His gravestone inscription reads:

2073 PRIVATE
W. MC K. MURPHY
NORTH IRISH HORSE
12TH FEBRUARY 1917 AGE 23

 

A report in the local papers at the time stated that a brother, James, was in hospital in France, dangerously ill, but he seems to have recovered and survived the war.

 

Murphy 2

 

Images kindly provided by ponte fractus. Some of the above information sourced from Robert Thompson's Ballymoney Heroes 1914-1918.