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2980   Rifleman Patrick Murray (Berney)
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 16/08/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
Summary      
(Served as BERNEY). Patrick Murray was the son of Francis and Teresa Murray. Patrick was born about 1894 in Garvaghy, Errigal, Ballygawley, County Tyrone. Patrick Murray was living in Tandragee before enlisting. Patrick enlisted in Omagh and served as Patrick BERNEY. Rifleman Murray served with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles in France from 4 June 1915 and was killed enroute to the Battle of Langemarck, Belgium, on 16 August 1917, when ‘D’ Company received a direct hit from an enemy shell killing or wounding 13 soldiers. Patrick’s younger brother Francis also died in World War One. Remarkably the two brothers died within 4 days of each other in August 1917.
Rifleman Patrick Murray (Berney)
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Patrick Murray was the son of Francis and Teresa Murray. Patrick was born about 1894 in Garvaghy, Errigal, Ballygawley, County Tyrone.
The 1901 census records Patrick as 7 years old. His father was a farm labourer who was born in Scotland. His mother was born in India. All their children were born in Tyrone.
Family: Francis Murray, Teresa Murray, Patrick Murray (born about 1894), Charles Murray (born about 1896), Francis Murray (born about 1898), Lucinda Murray (born about 1901).
By the time of 1911 census, it seems the family had split up. Patrick appears to be working as a farm servant on a farm in Cloneblaugh, Cecil, Tyrone.
Patrick Murray was living in Tandragee before enlisting. Patrick enlisted in Omagh and served as Patrick BERNEY.
Rifleman Patrick Murray served with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles in France from 4 June 1915 and was killed enroute to the Battle of Langemarck, Belgium, on 16 August 1917, aged 23. The 1st Bn. was stationed on the outskirts of Ypres and at 9 p.m. set off to march to their assembly point at Westhoeck Ridge, about 4 to 5 miles away. During the march 'D' Company received a direct hit from an enemy shell killing or wounding 13 soldiers.
The CWGC record Patrick as : (Served as BERNEY). Son of Francis and Teresa Murray, of Foremass, Sixmilecross, Co. Tyrone.
Patrick's younger brother Francis also died in World War One. Remarkably the two brothers died within 4 days of each other in August 1917.
Another brother, Charles Murray, also died in the War.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Garvaghy, Errigal Ballygawley Census listing in Garvaghy, Errigal 54.48789 -7.13582
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1 1901 Census lists Murray Family Lists Patrick as age 7, living with the family at house 41 in Garvaghy, Errigal, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Patrick Murray Possibly lists Patrick as age 16, working as a farm servant at house 27 in Altanagh, Athenree, Tyrone
3 Charles Murray Brother of Patrick Murray, who also died in World War One
4 Francis Murray Brother of Patrick Murray, who also died in World War One
5 Tandragree online Details of how Patrick Murray died
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