Murphy, Arthur Josiah

Dates: 1876-1918

War Service: Arthur Josiah Murphy served as a Driver with the Army Service Corps and his service number was T2/SR/01364. He died on 2nd February 1918, aged 43.

Location of Memorial: He is buried in Brockley cemetery, where his name is recorded on the screen wall listing those whose graves have no headstone.

Details: Arthur Josiah Murphy was baptised on 6th September 1876 at East Christ Church, Greenwich. His parents were William John and Charlotte Murphy and his family were lived at 17 Chester Street.

He first enlisted in the army on 16th February 1892 and served for 7 years. On enlisting he was 5ft 3 ¾ inches tall and weighed 111 lbs. He had hazel eyes and light brown hair and a fresh complexion.

He married Florence Chambers on 19 June 1893 at All Saints, Walworth. At this time he was living at 96 Hinton Street. In 1911 they were recorded living at 33 Bronze Street, Deptford with their children. His service record records the details of his surviving children; William, James Henry born 1898 Mary Ann born 26 August 1901, Charlotte Maria born 1900, Arthur Harry born 30 May 1904, Victor Patrick born 17 March 1906, John born 18 January 1910, and Emily born 1 November 1911.

He re-enlisted on 7th October 1914 and had previously served with the West Kent regiment. On enlistment the second time he was described as being 5ft 5 inches tall and weighing 119 lbs with grey eyes and grey hair. He also had a scar on his right ankle and had been employed as a dust carrier. He was discharged 27th August 1917 due to being no longer physically fit for active service as he was suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis.

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