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  • Although a different birth date was used on his attestation papers, Hugh Murray was born on 23 August 1892 in Derrylusk, Parish of Roslea, Monaghan, Ireland. His parents were Patrick and Ellen (née Toal) Murray who were farming in Derrylusk at the time of his birth. Other known siblings were Michael, Margaret, and Mary.

    It appears that Hugh’s brother Michael immigrated to Canada first, arriving around 1911 and settling in British Columbia by 1915. Although his obituary gives his year of immigration as 1914, a Hugh Murray, born about 1892 in Ireland and going to his brother in Winnipeg, was found on the passenger list of the Corsican that arrived in Halifax on 10 February 1913.

    Hugh signed his attestation papers on 25 January 1916 in Winnipeg, occupation given as clerk. With brown eyes and brown hair, he was just shy of his 24th birthday. The 100th Battalion had been organized in Winnipeg in November of 1915 with recruitment throughout the city. With a strength of 31 officers and 880 other ranks, the battalion embarked from Halifax aboard the Olympic on 19 September 1916; on board was Sergeant Hugh Murray. At some point once oversea, Hugh was transferred to the 78th Battalion. The 78th Battalion, also from Winnipeg, had arrived in France earlier that year and over the course of the war, served in many of the major battles including Ypres 1915, 1917, Somme 1916, Arras 1917, 1918, Passchendaele, Drocourt-Queant, and Canal Nord.

    Hugh arrived back in Canada on 8 June 1919 on the Adriatic, destination given as Winnipeg. He worked as a sleeping car conductor for the Canadian National Railway before moving to Kenora, Ontario in 1924 where he apprenticed as a butcher and worked at the AL Murray Grocery (no relation). On 18 January 1928 Hugh married Marie Antoinette Favreau, daughter of Joseph and Marie Louise (Gauthier) Favreau. Marie had been born in Medicine Hat, Alberta before the family relocated to Kenora. On the marriage registration, Hugh’s place of residence was given as Fort William, intended place of residence after the marriage as Kenora.

    Hugh began working at the Kenora District Jail in 1930, retiring as Sergeant in 1958. Children were very much evident in the Murray household. Hugh and Marie had three children, Mary Ellen, Kathleen, and John, and two other babies, Michael and Teresa, that died at birth. They also had long time special foster son Joe Delorme as well as twenty two other foster children over the years.

    Predeceased by his brother Michael in Marysville, British Columbia in 1950, Hugh Murray passed away suddenly on 29 April 1967 in Kenora. He was survived by his wife Marie, two daughters Mary Ellen (Mederic) Lemay and family and Kathleen, son John, and foster son Joe, all of Kenora. His sisters Mary and Margaret had immigrated to the United States where they were living, both married, at the time of his death. Hugh was a member of the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, serving as Grand Knight and District Deputy in the Kenora Council, the Notre Dame Credit Union, and the Royal Canadian Legion.

    Hugh’s wife Marie died in 1992. They are interred in the family plot in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

    by Judy Stockham and Mary Ellen Lemay

    photos and obituary: courtesy of daughter Mary Ellen Lemay

    family tribute

    family tribute

    On Parade in Kenora, circa 1945, Hugh Murray centre 1st row

    On Parade in Kenora, circa 1945, Hugh Murray centre 1st row

    Kenora District Jail staff, Sergeant Hugh Murray, centre 2nd row from bottom

    Kenora District Jail staff, Sergeant Hugh Murray, centre 2nd row from bottom

    Kenora Miner and News

    Kenora Miner and News

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

  • Regimental Number:
  • 216311
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 78th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Derrylusk, Monaghan
  • Country:
  • Ireland
  • Next of Kin:
  • Patrick Murray, Dublin Street, Monaghan, Ireland
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • 221 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg
  • Date of Birth:
  • August 23, 1892
  • Trade or Calling:
  • clerk
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • January 25, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 23
  • Religion:
  • Roman Catholic
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • April 29, 1967
  • Age at Death:
  • 74
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • RC A -10-11
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Although a different birth date was used on his attestation papers, Hugh Murray was born on 23 August 1892 in Derrylusk, Parish of Roslea, Monaghan, Ireland. His parents were Patrick and Ellen (née Toal) Murray who were farming in Derrylusk at the time of his birth. Other known siblings were Michael, Margaret, and Mary.

    It appears that Hugh’s brother Michael immigrated to Canada first, arriving around 1911 and settling in British Columbia by 1915. Although his obituary gives his year of immigration as 1914, a Hugh Murray, born about 1892 in Ireland and going to his brother in Winnipeg, was found on the passenger list of the Corsican that arrived in Halifax on 10 February 1913.

    Hugh signed his attestation papers on 25 January 1916 in Winnipeg, occupation given as clerk. With brown eyes and brown hair, he was just shy of his 24th birthday. The 100th Battalion had been organized in Winnipeg in November of 1915 with recruitment throughout the city. With a strength of 31 officers and 880 other ranks, the battalion embarked from Halifax aboard the Olympic on 19 September 1916; on board was Sergeant Hugh Murray. At some point once oversea, Hugh was transferred to the 78th Battalion. The 78th Battalion, also from Winnipeg, had arrived in France earlier that year and over the course of the war, served in many of the major battles including Ypres 1915, 1917, Somme 1916, Arras 1917, 1918, Passchendaele, Drocourt-Queant, and Canal Nord.

    Hugh arrived back in Canada on 8 June 1919 on the Adriatic, destination given as Winnipeg. He worked as a sleeping car conductor for the Canadian National Railway before moving to Kenora, Ontario in 1924 where he apprenticed as a butcher and worked at the AL Murray Grocery (no relation). On 18 January 1928 Hugh married Marie Antoinette Favreau, daughter of Joseph and Marie Louise (Gauthier) Favreau. Marie had been born in Medicine Hat, Alberta before the family relocated to Kenora. On the marriage registration, Hugh’s place of residence was given as Fort William, intended place of residence after the marriage as Kenora.

    Hugh began working at the Kenora District Jail in 1930, retiring as Sergeant in 1958. Children were very much evident in the Murray household. Hugh and Marie had three children, Mary Ellen, Kathleen, and John, and two other babies, Michael and Teresa, that died at birth. They also had long time special foster son Joe Delorme as well as twenty two other foster children over the years.

    Predeceased by his brother Michael in Marysville, British Columbia in 1950, Hugh Murray passed away suddenly on 29 April 1967 in Kenora. He was survived by his wife Marie, two daughters Mary Ellen (Mederic) Lemay and family and Kathleen, son John, and foster son Joe, all of Kenora. His sisters Mary and Margaret had immigrated to the United States where they were living, both married, at the time of his death. Hugh was a member of the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, serving as Grand Knight and District Deputy in the Kenora Council, the Notre Dame Credit Union, and the Royal Canadian Legion.

    Hugh’s wife Marie died in 1992. They are interred in the family plot in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

    by Judy Stockham and Mary Ellen Lemay

    photos and obituary: courtesy of daughter Mary Ellen Lemay

    family tribute

    family tribute

    On Parade in Kenora, circa 1945, Hugh Murray centre 1st row

    On Parade in Kenora, circa 1945, Hugh Murray centre 1st row

    Kenora District Jail staff, Sergeant Hugh Murray, centre 2nd row from bottom

    Kenora District Jail staff, Sergeant Hugh Murray, centre 2nd row from bottom

    Kenora Miner and News

    Kenora Miner and News

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

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  • Murray, Hugh Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 216311
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Battalion:
  • 78th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Derrylusk, Monaghan
  • Next of Kin:
  • Patrick Murray, Dublin Street, Monaghan, Ireland
  • Date of Birth:
  • August 23, 1892
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Ireland
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • 221 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg
  • Trade or Calling:
  • clerk
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • January 25, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 23
  • Religion:
  • Roman Catholic
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • April 29, 1967
  • Age at Death:
  • 74
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • RC A -10-11
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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