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23877   Private Joseph James Murphy
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Dated added: 06/02/2017   Last updated: 01/02/2022
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 20th Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 08/12/1888
Died: 03/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 27
Joseph James Murphy was the youngest son of Samuel and Sarah Jane Murphy. He was born on 8th December 1888 in Ballyboy, Caledon. They were a farming family. Joseph James Murphy probably enlisted in England. Private Joseph James Murphy was serving with the 20th (Pals) Battalion of the King's (Liverpool) Regiment when he was killed in action on Monday 3rd July 1916. On the night of 3rd/4th July, the Germans shelled wood Bernafay Wood very heavily, causing many casualties, including over thirty of the 20th Battalion, which were still occupying the remains of the Briqueterie, the brick works at Montauban.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  Thiepval, Somme
Grave Ref: Face 1D, 8B -8C
CWGC Casualty 1546681
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July. The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,337 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave. It is near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Thiepval has been described as "the greatest executed British work of monumental architecture of the twentieth century"
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Dungannon War Memorial - Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers - WWI - Panel 2 Dungannon
2 Caledon Church Of Ireland - WWI Roll of Honour Caledon
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1 1901 Census lists Murphy family Lists Joseph J as age 12, living with the family at house 5 in Ballyboy, Caledon, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Murphy family Does not list Joseph as living with the family at house 4 in Ballyboy, Caledon, Tyrone
3 Forum discussion (GWF) Relative confirms CWGC and that Joseph James died on 3rd July 1916
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
5 Tyrone Genealogy - Caledon COI photo St. John's Church of Ireland, Headstones - No 76
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023