Murray, Thomas Francis (1873-1914)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.
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Details: Thomas Francis Murray (1873-1914), born 26 July 1873, eldest son of Thomas James Murray (Bengal Civil Service) and Alice Louisa Gaussen (later Lady Alice Elliott of Coombe, Wimbledon Park, London) of 52 Hauteville, Guernsey. Grandson of the Rev. John E. Murray, rector of Castro Petre (Church of Ireland), Edenderry, County Offaly, Ireland.
Attended Elizabeth College, Guernsey (roll no. 2315).
Attended Sherborne School (School House) September 1887-December 1891; 6th form.
Entered the Army in 1894 (H.L.I.) and saw service in the Tirah/North Western Frontier, India, 1897-1898 (Medal with clasp); Malakand F.F. 1898-1899; South African War (Queen's medal with four clasps, Queen's Medal with four clasps), "he beguiled his captivity at Pretoria by rewriting Tacitus' Annals from memory in the best Latin he could muster" (G.G. Coulson, 'Fourscore Years'). He also served with the Egyptian Army (1904-1908). He was gazetted Major in 1913.
WW1, Major in the Highland Light Infantry (Indian Expeditionary Force), 1st Bn. Killed at the battle of Festubert on 20 December 1914.
Le Touret Memorial, Panel 37 and 38 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/854902/MURRAY,%20THOM...
Castro Petre church (Church of Ireland), Edenderry, County Offaly, Ireland.
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.