EDWARD ALAN MURRAY

Edward is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.

JOHN

 

Born: 22nd August 1921, Ipswich.

Died: 3rd November 1943; age: 22.

Residence: 12, Boxley Road, Morden, Surrey.

 

Rank: Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 12 Squadron.

 

Grave Reference:

Collective Grave 3.H.7-9.

Rheinberg War Cemetery,

Germany.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Edward John & Edith May Murray, of Morden, Surrey.

 

Nephew to ARTHUR COLEMAN.

 

Father: Edward John Murray, born August 1890.

Mother: Edith May Murray (nee Foreman), born March 1899, Ipswich.

 

ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939.

 

Edward was a Junior Clerk – Film Industry. He was living with his parents & sisters at their family home – 12, Boxley Road, Morden, Surrey.

Edward, a Postman – London District.

Edith, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Sheila Mae Murray, a Junior Typist – Manufacturer – Engineers, born May 1923, Depwade, Norfolk.

Maureen F. Murray, born 1932, Croydon, Surrey.

1 other.

 

3rd November 1943.

Aircraft: Avro Lancaster III; Serial number: DV218; code: PH-G2. The Lancaster took-off at 17:18hrs, from R.A.F. Wickenby, Lincolnshire, as part of a night raid on Düsseldorf , Germany, after which no further news was received from the aircraft. It is reported that DV218 was shot down at 20:10hrs, and crashed at Schlick near Wachtendonk, by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Lenz Finster, who had taken off from Sint-Truiden, Limburg, Belgium, flying a Bf 110 G-4 of the 4/NJG1.

The official German tot enliste No. 186, confirms the deaths of 5 members of the crew.

On the 6th November 1943, the Germans laid to rest in one collective grave No. 370, at the City Cemetery, at München-Gladbach – Edward Murray, Harry Rogers, and Croydon, Surrey born, Thomas Todhunter, who had gone to Canada as a war refugee in September 1939. Bernard O’Connell was laid to rest next to his three fellow crew members. In 1948, the two graves were located. Exhumation was carried out resulting in the identification of Bernard O’Connell. The four bodies were re-interred in December 1948, at Rheinberg War Cemetery – Edward Murray, Harry Rogers, and Thomas Todhunter collectively.

Ronald Jobson was first laid to rest at Kempen Cemetery, before reinterment at Reichswald, followed by re-burial at Rheinberg War Cemetery – 7.E.16.

Sergeants Fourse and White survived the crash and were taken German PoW’s.

CREW:

Harry George Rogers; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.

Thomas Ralph Henry Todhunter; Flight Sergeant/Air Bomber; age: 20; R.C.A.F.

Ronald Jobson; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.

Bernard O’Connell; Sergeant/Navigator; R.A.F.V.R.

R.G. Fourse; Sergeant; R.C.A.F. – survived and taken PoW – sent to IV-B at Muhlberg, Elbe, Germany – PoW number 261510.

M.H. White; Sergeant; R.A.F.V.R. – survived and taken PoW.

 

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