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Gunner Albert Gordon Murray 3245, 5th Bde., Australian Field Artillery
21/06/2024
First World War Army Australian
By Rémi

France

Gunner Albert Gordon Murray
258294
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Albert Gordon Murray was born as Albert Gordon Gasch in 1895. He enlisted under another name for unknown reasons. He was the son of Albert Ferdinan Gasch and Florence Emma Bell who was registered as his next of kin.

His mother wrote a letter to the Australian Imperial Force stating her son enlisted under a false name, and she should be the one receiving his medals and belongings as she hadn’t heard about the father for years and her son was not married.

On the other hand, the only will from Albert Gordon the army had, stated that all his possessions should go to a certain “Margaret Dean”, never mentioned by the soldier’s mother. Before joining the army, he was a farmer in South Australia.

Albert Ferdinand Murray enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on February 12th 1917 in the Fourth Light Horse Brigade but was then transferred to the artillery.

He was part of the 26th reinforcement and embarked at Melbourne on 11th of May 1917 on the HMAT ASCANIUS and arrived in England on 21st of July.

He then arrived in France at the end of November, and joined his unit, the 105th battery with which he stayed his whole time in France, on December the 1st 1917.

The biggest operation he took part in was the defence against the German Spring Offensive of 1918, where his brigade was to hold Villers-Bretonneux.

After a year in France, he was on leave in Paris right after the armistice. There, he was admitted to the hospital for influenza. Severely ill, he passed away on November 19th 1918. 

Albert Gordon Murray was 23 years old, and he now rests in City of Paris Cemetery, on row 20, Grave 17.