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Lieutenant Colonel Harry Murray VC

Harry Murray statue and portrait photo
LEFT: The statue honouring Lt Col Harry Murray VC in Evandale.
RIGHT: Lieutenant Colonel Harry Murray VC. Photo: Australian War Memorial.

Lieutenant Colonel Harry Murray VC was born in Evandale, Tasmania, in 1880 and was one of the most decorated infantry soldiers of the British Empire during the First World War. He was Australia's most decorated soldier who saw action at Gallipoli and on the Western Front in France. His awards included:

  • The Victoria Cross for his actions during an attack on the German position of Stormy Trench, in 1917, near Gueudecourt, France. For over 24 hours, Murray and his troops repelled counter attacks, fought in merciless close quarter battles and suffered under intense shell-fire that took the lives of 230 members of the Battalion. 
  • The Distinguished Conduct Medal for his bravery in May 1915. 
  • The Distinguished Service Order for greatest courage and initiative for his role in fighting at Mouquet Farm, where he was twice wounded. 
  • In April 1918, during the attack on Bullecourt, he won a Bar to his Distinguished Service Cross. 
  • In October 1918 he was awarded the French Croix de Guerre. 
  • King George V appointed him Commander in the Order of St Michael and St George.

Lieutenant Colonel Murray also enlisted in World War Two and commanded the 26th Battalion in north Queensland until August 1942.

Lieutenant Colonel Murray died on 7 January 1966 following a car accident.