John Murphy

Military Information

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  • Rank: Greaser
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  • Regiment/Service: H.M.H.S. Rohilla
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  • Age at Death: 42
  • Date of Death: 30.10.1914
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Personal Information

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  • Address: 133 Princes St, Dundee
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  • Children:

    1 Son

More about John Murphy

H.M.H.S. Rohilla was a passenger steamer of the British India Steam Navigation Company which was built for service between the UK and India, and as a troopship. After becoming a hospital ship in the First World War, Rohilla ran aground in October 1914 near Whitby with the loss of 83 lives.

There is no John Murray/Murphy listed on the crew list for the Hospital ship Rohilla at the time of her loss. Neither is there any John Murray/Murphy Listed on the C.W.G.C. website as serving and died  on the Rohilla, although he is remembered on the Whitby, Rohilla Memorial.

John Murphy    Rohilla

DUNDEE MAN DROWNED IN ROHILLA WRECK.

John Murphy (42), 133 Princess Street, Dundee, perished in the wreck of the hospital ship Rohilla.  He was an experienced seaman, and joined the Rohilla three weeks ago.  His death has come as a sad blow to his wife and son.  The latter is a Territorial.  Mr Murphy was engaged as a greaser.

Dundee Courier 3rd November 1914

Information supplied by Gary Thomson, Further information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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