Major Francis Anthony Stoddard Murray


Unit : "F" Squadron, No.2 Wing, The Glider Pilot Regiment

Army No. : 85686

Awards : Military Cross


At ARNHEM from the 17th to 25th September 1944. During the whole of the time, Major Murray conducted himself with the greatest gallantry and handled his squadron with great skill in a series of most difficult situations, during one of which he was wounded in the throat. He, however, continued to lead his men in an immediate counter-attack on the enemy who had penetrated his area and repulsed them and restored his positions. Only then did he consent to have his wound dressed. He was evacuated to enemy held hospital but having had his injuries attended to, succeeded in regaining the Divisional Perimeter and in so doing had to penetrate the enemy lines. This he succeeded in doing, though quite unarmed, in broad daylight. Throughout, Major Murray has shown a wonderful spirit of unselfish devotion to duty and has been an inspiration to the whole unit. It was largely due to his efforts that the line in his sector remained intact to the end.


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