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Thomas Colin Murray

Portrait of Corporal Thomas Colin Murray, Auckland Weekly News, 6 December 1944. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19441206-26-1. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Corporal Thomas Colin Murray, Auckland Weekly News, 6 December 1944. Auckland Libraries …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas Colin AWMM
  • Surname
    Murray AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 260451 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 260451 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Radio operator/Civilian Ballot List
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    Tawara, Kiribati AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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    Killed or died while a Prisoner of War, Cause of Death AWMM
    Executed by Japanese whilst a prisoner of war AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Thomas Murray was the son of Thomas and Ethel Livingston Murray, of Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand.

    He was educated at the Whau Valley Primary School and the Whangarei High School. He left in 1934 and joined the P&T Dept, where he gained the rank of telegraphist. Later he was transferred to wireless operating.

    One of 17 murdered by the Japanese in the Tarawa atrocity.

    At the time of his death he was one of seven officers of the Post and Telegraph Department, all young men who early in 1941 had volunteered for the coast watching service in the Pacific.

    On duty in the Gilbert Island Group, Corporal Murray, with another New Zealander was captured, but succeeded in escaping, abandoning his intention on learning that the Japanese has threatened the natives with reprisals if they should leave the island. He then gave himself up and was executed by the Japanese along with 21 other Europeans.

    Not listed on the Nominal Rolls AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    • Bourail Memorial, Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia AWMM
    • Betio Memorial, Tarawa, Kiribati AWMM
    • Marlborough War Memorial, Second World War Panel AWMM
    • Tarawa Coastwatchers Memorial AWMM
    • Musick Memorial Radio Station, Bucklands Beach: Coastwatchers roll of honour AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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