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- Richard Albert Charles Murphy -

Unknown person Name : Richard Albert Charles Murphy.

Son of William Murphy and Mary Elizabeth (?) Murphy (née Franklin) of Ventnor.

Born 1883 Ventnor.

Married 1904, Emily Welch. Children : Emily Frances (born 1904), William Albert (born 1905), Richard Franklin (born 1908), Maude Mary (born 1909), Albert Charles (born 1913, died 1939 - see reports below).
  Census Information :

1891 : Richard Murphy, aged 8, is living with his Aunt and Uncle, Fanny and Albert Sims, at Trinity View, High Street, Ventnor.

1901 : Richard Murphy, aged 18, is living with his Aunt and Uncle, Fanny and Albert Sims, at Trinity View, High Street, Ventnor. Richard Murphy is a Carpenter.

1911 : Richard and Emily Murphy, with their children, are at 2 Bankside, Clarence Road, Ventnor. Richard Murphy is a Carpenter and Joiner.

  Service details :

Corporal 3/5129 Richard Albert Charles Murphy, 14th Bn, Hampshire Regiment.

  Casualty Details :

Died : 3 September 1916 aged 33.

Buried at : Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France.

CWGC record ...
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Ventnor War Memorial
Ventnor Methodist Church War Memorial
Holy Trinity Church, Ventnor, War Memorial
Independent Order of Rechabites War Memorial
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle

  Documents :


Friday, September 15, 1916 Page 1

Another local family has been bereaved by the awful toll of war. News was received this week of the death in action of Corpl. Richard Murphy, son of Mr. W. Murphy, and brother of Mrs. W.J. Moore, of Ivanhoe, Altofts. Corpl. Murphy, who was only 33, learned his business under his uncle, the late Mr. A. Sims, and was a well-known and esteemed local man. He was killed while taking his gun team into the enemy's trenches on September 3rd. The news of his death caused profound sorrow to his many friends here and the greatest sympathy will go out to the widow and the five young children. We give fuller particulars of his death in another column.

Page 2

Another Local Man Killed in Action.
We regret to hear that Corpl. Richard Murphy, a well-known Ventnor man, has been killed in action. He was in the 116th Machine Gun Company of the Hants Regiment, and met his death while taking his gun team into the enemy's trenches on September 3rd. Corporal Murphy was the son of Mr. William Murphy, who was in the Metropolitan Police for many years. He came to Ventnor to be an apprentice with his uncle, the late Mr. A. Sims, and was employed with the firm until he joined the Army. He leaves a wife and five young children, who will be the recipients of deep condolence. The captain of Corpl. Murphy's Company writes: "I deeply regret that I have to inform you of the death of your husband. He was killed in action on Sunday, Sept. 3rd, whilst very gallantly leading his gun team in an attack on the German trenches. I trust that you will accept my heartfelt sympathy in your great loss, and not only my sympathy, but that of the whole company. I could not afford to lose him, and more so, as I had hoped to make him a sergeant. He had helped me in every way, and his place will be hard to fill. Perhaps it will be of some consolation to you to know that he died a magnificent death, leading his team in the enemy's trenches." A second-lieutenant of the same company wrote as follows: "I regret to inform you that your husband was killed in action on 3rd inst. He had established his gun in the enemy's front line, when he was hit in the head by a piece of shell, death being instantaneous. Enclosed is his purse which he left with me before going into action. Hoping you will accept my deep and sincere sympathy." - C. Lloyd Higginbottom, 2nd Lieut. The above is insufficient to show that Corpl. Murphy met his death while gallantly performing his duty, and he has died in the highest service.

Page 5

MURPHY. -On Sept. 3rd, killed in action in France, Corpl. Richard Murphy, 116th Machine Gun Co., Hants Regt., the beloved husband of Emily Murphy, aged 33. - Mrs. Murphy and family wish to thank all kind friends for their expressions of sympathy.


Friday, March 31, 1939 Page 2

MURPHY. - On March 30th, 1939, at Longford House, Havenstreet, Albert Charles, the beloved son of the late Richard Murphy and Mrs. Murphy, 1 Caithness, St. Boniface Road, Ventnor, aged 25 years.


Friday, April 7, 1939 Page 2

MURPHY. - Mrs. Murphy and family return heartfelt thanks for all the messages and letters of sympathy received in their great loss, and only regret they are too numerous to answer individually. They also thank all who sent such beautiful flowers.

Page 2

Death of a Local Resident
As regretfully announce in last week's issue, the death occurred on March 30th, at the early age of 25, of Mr. Albert Charles Murphy, son of Mrs. E. Murphy and the late Mr. Richard Murphy. Deceased was for a number of years in the employ of Messrs. Jolliffe Bros., first as a clerk and later as manager of their Ventnor and Shanklin branches until compelled by ill-health to relinquish the post last year. His health greatly improved, but a few weeks ago he became seriously ill and skilled attention and nursing proved unavailing. His passing was peaceful and he will be mourned by a wide circle of friends both in business and private life. Mr. Murphy was a keen member of the Ventnor and St. Wilfrid's Table Tennis Clubs for several years.
The funeral took place on Monday at the Ventnor Cemetery, the Rev. A.G. Woodnutt conducting a simple but beautiful service. The mourners were Mr. Richard and Miss Joy Murphy (brother and sister), Mrs. W.J. Moore (aunt), Mr. W.A. Jones (brother-in-law), Mr. Stanley King, Mr. Eric Collyer and Mr. B. Taylor. Mr. F.J. Records represented Messrs. Jolliffe Bros. The beautiful floral tributes included those from the following: -
Mother and Joy; Dick and Pat; Maudie, Bill and Mrs. Jones; Auntie Jim (sic) and Uncle Billy; Auntie Pat and family (London); Stan; Jack (Ryde); Eric Collyer; Bert (Shanklin); Doris (East Cowes); staff of Jolliffe Bros., Ltd.; staff of Electric Light Company (Shanklin); Mrs. Elvers and family; Mrs. Knight and daughters (3 Caithness); Mr. and Mrs. S.R. May; the Misses H. and M. Medley; Mr. and Mrs. A. King and Joan; Leonard Stagg; Ventnor and St. Wilfrid's Table Tennis Clubs. Mr. G. H. Ingram carried out the funeral arrangements.
  Further Information :

  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research
  Page status :
Page last updated : 2 December 2013 (added reports for his son's death)


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