23 June 1873|
31 May 1916 (aged 42)|
HMS Queen Mary, North Sea
John Matthew Murray (23 June 1873 – 31 May 1916) was a Scottish first-class cricketer and Royal Navy officer.
The son of James and Christina Murray, he was born at Aberdeen in June 1873. He was educated at both Aberdeen Grammar School and Galashiels Academy, before studying engineering at Heriot Watt Engineering School. He served in the Royal Navy, firstly as an assistant engineer, before being promoted to the rank of engineer in June 1902. He served as an engineering instructor at the Britannia Royal Naval College for over twenty years. He was appointed as the superintendent overseeing the construction of HMS King Edward VII in 1902, joining the ship when it was commissioned in 1905. A keen cricketer, Murray made a single first-class cricket appearance for the Royal Navy, making his debut against the British Army cricket team at Lord's in 1913. Batting twice in the match, he was dismissed without scoring in the Royal Navy's first-innings by Harold Fawcus, while in their second-innings he was dismissed for 29 runs by the same bowler. Murray served in the First World War, during which he was seconded to the battleship HMS Queen Mary. He served aboard the ship at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916, when he was killed after the ship exploded and sank.
- McCrery, Nigel (2015) (in en). Final Wicket: Test and First Class Cricketers Killed in the Great War. Pen and Sword. p. 205. ISBN 1473864194. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=HnBhCgAAQBAJ.
- "No. 27516". 16 January 1903. p. 306. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/27516/page/306
- "First-Class Matches played by John Murray". CricketArchive. https://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Players/31/31632/First-Class_Matches.html. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
- "British Army v Royal Navy, 1913". CricketArchive. https://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/9/9003.html. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
- Player profile: J from ESPNcricinfo
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