Wednesday, 4 November 2009

William Murray and brother Alexander

WILLIAM GRANT MURRAY born 17 July 1889, killed in action 16 April 1918 France – Second Lieutenant William Grant Murray, 7th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, was killed on Tuesday, 16th April 1918. He is remembered with honour on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaandreren, Belgium. “Mrs Murray, The Poles, Dornoch and her family have suffered very heavily in the war.  They have received intimation that Lieut. W G Murray was killed in action on 16th April.  This is Mrs Murray’s elder son; the younger one was killed earlier in the war.  At that time William Murray was in the Argentine. He was distressed at the loss of his brother and resolved to return to this country and enlist.  He carried out his resolution and after training at Golspie he went to Ripon where his promotion was rapid and at the time of his death he held the rank of Lieutenant.  He was a hardworking young man of ability and won the confidence and inspired enthusiasm of all those around him.  To his doubly bereaved mother and other relatives the sympathy of the whole countryside goes out in their deep sorrow”. (NT 2/5/1918)

and his brother: ALEXANDER MURRAY, born 19 May 1895 Benarmine, Clyne, killed in action Tuesday, 8th June 1915 France – Private, 5th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders is commemorated with honour on Le Touret Memorial.  William and Alexander are commemorated on Dornoch War Memorial.

William and Alexander are sons of Donald Murray, gamekeeper (born Rogart) and Isabella Grant.  The family lived for sometime at Benarmine, Clyne before settling at Poles, Dornoch.  The boys parents are buried in Golspie.

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