Private Walter Lawrence Murray was a 19 year old electrician living with his family in Phillip Street, Parramatta. He was the son of Mr and Mrs E. J. Murray. He and his family were of the Church of England. He enlisted at Randwick, New South Wales, on 17 August 1914. He embarked with his infantry from Sydney aboard the HMAT Afric A19 on 18 October 1914. He suffered a gunshot wound on 18 April 1915, and was admitted to Ras-el-tin, near Alexandria, Egypt before being transferred to England on 2 June 1915. He was taken on strength on 8 June 1916. He was charged with being illegally absent on 22 April 1917. He was fitted with a glass eye in Harefield, England, on 3 August 1917. He was charged with overstaying his leave in England from 14 September 1917 to 16 September 1917, and was force to forfeit three days pay. He returned to Australia for discharge on 21 December 1917.


Kimberly Russell – Volunteer Research Assistant, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2017