Born: 10th May 1902, Southwold, Suffolk.

Died: 4th February 1940; age: 37.

Residence: Red House, Otley, Suffolk.

Enlistment Details: Location: Chatham, Kent; Date:10th May 1920 – signed up for 12 years. Occupation: Office Boy. Height: 5ft 7 1/4ins, fresh complexion, grey eyes & dark brown hair.

Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: C-J 81418.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Sphinx’.


Grave Reference:

  1. Collective Grave 11.

Wick Cemetery,






Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Frederick & Harriet Murray; husband of Alexandra Wilgress Murray, of Otley, Suffolk.




1911   Reform Club, Lower Brook Street, Ipswich.


Donald was 8 years old and living with his mother & sisters.

Harriet Murray (nee Lanham), 38, a manageress of Reform Club – at home, born Bunwell, Norfolk.

Evelyn Alma H. Murray, 12, born Haverhill, Suffolk.

Muriel Lanham Murray, 10, born Haverhill.

Ena Mary Murray, 4, born Ipswich.


Donald’s father was Frederick Murray, born 1972, Stockbridge, Hampshire – died August 1932, at 21, Oxford Road, Ipswich. A Draper.


In 1939, Ipswich, Donald married Alexandra Wilgress Miller, born January 1901, Swilland, Suffolk.


Late January 1940 HMS Sphinx a mine sweeper sailed to Scottish waters. On the 21st January She went to the aid of HMS Exmouth a destroyer who had been torpedoed 20 miles off Wick  there were no survivors on board HMS Exmouth was fellow Ipswich man REGINALD BERTRAM HURREN . At o8:00 3rd of February 1940, HMS Sphinx with two other mine sweepers, swept north of Kinnaird Head. Striking a bomb forward at 09:12hrs passing through the ship, bridge ,forecastle and burst onto the mess deck. The ship was badly damaged, the bridge destroyed killing Captain Taylor. Attempts were made to tow the crippled ship back to a port. On the 4th February at 04:30hrs a large wave struck the ship, capsizing her with the loss of five officers and forty nine ratings.


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