Private George Murray

Private George Murray, 19th Battalion ( Central Ontario ) Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was killed in action in France on 28th August 1918 during the “Advance to Victory” aged 34. He had been born in Denholm and was the son of the late Thomas and Isabella Murray of Denholm and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, France. Before emigrating to Canada in 1913 he had been a ploughman at Caldronbrae, Sitchill and after emigrating to Canada in 1913  he had been a labourer on the Canadian Pacific Railway Company at Perry Sound in Ontario. He was the brother of Helen Murray of Baillieknowe, Stitchill.  He was drafted into the Army in January 1918 and joined his Battalion in France in August. The photos show Allied troops during the advance against the retreating German Army during the final 100 days of the War. The final photo shows the victorious Canadian troops entering the Town of Mons after they had captured it in November 1918. It was here on 23rd August 1914 that the British Army had fought its first Battle of the War. The wheel had come full circle.

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