SECOND LIEUTENANT RAYMOND HUGH MURRAY
MACHINE GUN CORPS
12TH MARCH 1918 AGE 34
BURIED: RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, ISRAEL/PALESTINE
Raymond Murray 'answered the call', in other words volunteered, in September 1914, serving originally as a private in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps. He transferred to the 155th Coy Machine Gun Corps where he rose to the rank of serjeant before being commissioned on 30 November 1916.
The 155th Coy served in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign during 1917 and early 1918, taking part in the Battle of Tell Asur, 8 to 12 March 1918, a successful attempt to broaden the area held by the Allies before they began their Transjordan operations at the end of the month. Murray was killed in action on the 12th.
Raymond Hugh Murray was the son of George and Elizabeth Murray of Colesberg, Cape Province, South Africa, one of more than eight brothers and sisters. Both his parents died in 1901 and so it was his eldest brother, George John Murray, who chose his inscription. There could hardly be a more charming tribute: 'He answered the call cheerfully and with quiet courage'.