Murphy, Edward

Service number:
3853118
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sergeant
Unit:
1 Loyal Regiment
Awarded on:
July 22nd, 1943
Action:
Recommendation:
"On 29 Apr 43, Sjt. Murphy commanded 18 Platoon, D Coy, when the Coy reinforced the Irish Guards on Pt. 212 in order to hold the position against tank and infantry attacks
During the whole of the day Sjt. Murphy displayed great personal gallantry and magnificent leadership.
Pt. 212 was attacked five times by enemy infantry supported by tanks and heavy mortar fire. Again and again Sjt. Murphy, by his example and leadership, inspired his platoon to bat off the attacks. At one stage 18 platoon temporarily ran out of ammunition, but Sjt. Murphy not to be outdone, hurled stones at the enemy, and his men seeing this astonishing sight again beat off the attack, with stones and rifle butts.
Apart from his personal courage and tenacity, it was Sjt. Murphy's example which enabled his men to hold fast, and at no time did they yield an inch of ground."
Details:
Theatre: North Africa
Distinguished Conduct Medal

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