John Murray (1897–1977)

Gunner

Canadian Expeditionary Force 342060 71st Battery

Biography
Born at Fritchley, he lived from 1897–1977. Shortly after his birth his mother married William Atkins of Fritchley – John is a half-brother of Gilbert Atkins who is on the Roll of Honour. John appears to have left Fritchley in 1906 and later emigrated to Canada with his mother prior to WW1. He attested with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in January 1917, though he was discharged as being medically unfit only a few weeks later in April 1917. He died at Niagara, Ontario. Due to his very brief military service and the fact that he left the UK long before WW1, his name has not been included on the 2018 Roll of Honour.

Army Record
John Murray, Smith Street, Messitton, Ontario, born Fritchley, Derbyshire.
Next-of-kin Alice Murray, mother; DoB 13 October 1898 [NB it was 1897]; occupation of papermaker; Methodist
He attested 6 January 1917 aged 18yrs 4mo
Height 5ft 7⅛ in; fresh complexion, blue eyes; light brown hair; 134 lb
2/2/17 Exhibition Camp, Toronto tonsilitis, discharged from Base Camp Hospital 7/2/17

25/4/17 discharged medically unfit

CENSUS INFORMATION

1891: Crich Common

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Thomas L A Cousins Head 32 Schoolmaster of Elementary School Bristol
Alice M Cousins wife 32 Schoolmistress of Elemetary School Bridport
Bertram A Cousins son 4   Crich
Lilian M Cousins daughter 2   Crich
Gertrude Beighton servant 12 General domestic servant Fritchley

RG12 piece 1746 folio 59 page 11

1901: Nottingham

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Thomas L A Cousins Head 42 Schoolmaster Bristol
Alice M Cousins wife 42   Bridport
Bertram A Cousins son 14   Crich
May Cousins daughter 12   Crich
Eric Cousins son 6   Nottingham
Florence E Hill servant 19 General domestic servant Huntingdonshire

RG13 piece 318o folio8 page 7

1911: Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Bertram A Cousins Head 25 (June 85) Warehouseman (to Canada 1903) English
Agnes Cousins wife 24 (Oct 86) (to Canada 1903) English
Alice Cousins daughter 3 (June 08)   Manitoba
Arthur Cousins son 1 (June 10)   Manitoba

 

1921: Saskatchewan, Canada

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Bertram Anthony Cousins Head 35 Farmer Canadian (born England)
Agnes Elizabeth Cousins wife 34   Canadian (born England)
Alice Lilian Winifred Cousins daughter 13   Manitoba, Canadian
Arthur Lambert Cousins son 11   Manitoba, Canadian
Francis May Cousins daughter 3   Manitoba, Canadian

 

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