Lieutenant George Ramsay MURRAY

Regiment:  Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached 13th Duke of Connaught’s Own Lancers (Watson’s Horse)
Date & place of birth:   September 1880, Petworth, West Sussex
Date & place of death: 23 December 1916, Iraq

George was born in Petworth but had moved to St Leonards-on-Sea by the time he was 11.

Family background

Lieutenant George Ramsay Murray was the son of Andrew and Elizabeth Murray. Andrew was a bank manager and George had two older sisters and one younger sister. George did not live in Petworth for long because by 1891 the family were living in Hastings. In 1901 he was still living at home with no occupation. It has not been possible to find him in  the 1911 census but perhaps he had already joined the army by then.

Military career

It is not known when George enlisted but in July 1916 the regiment moved from the North West Frontier to Mesopotamia for the relief of Kut-al-Amara.  

Death & commemoration

Kut-al-Amara also known as Kut. The town, with British and Indian soldiers in it, had been besieged for many months and he probably died in the battle to regain it. He is buried in the Amara cemetery Iraq.

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