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John Murray
Born 1837
Died 7 (aged -1831–-1830) November 1911 (aged 73–74)
Place of birth Birr, County Offaly
Place of death Derrinlogh, County Offaly
Buried at Eglish Churchyard, County Offaly
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1852 - 1873
Rank Sergeant
Unit 68th (Durham) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry)
Awards Victoria Cross

John Murray (February 1837 – 7 November 1911) was born at Birr in County Offaly and was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


He was approximately 27 years old, and a sergeant in the 68th (Durham) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry), British Army during the Waikato-Hauhau Maori War, New Zealand when the following deed took place on 21 June 1864 at Tauranga for which he was awarded the VC:

For his distinguished conduct during the engagement at Tauranga, on the 21st of June, when the Enemy's position was being stormed, in running up to a Rifle Pit containing from eight to ten of the enemy, and, without any assistance, killing or wounding every one of them. He is stated to have afterwards proceeded up the works, fighting desperately, and still continuing to bayonet the Enemy.[1]

Further information[]

Murray died at Derrinlogh in County Offaly on 7 November 1911.

The medal[]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Durham Light Infantry Museum & Durham Art Gallery in Durham, England.


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