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Donald Sinclair Murchison

Portrait of Major Donald Sinclair Murchison, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 5 / F2065 11. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donald Sinclair AWMM
  • Surname
    Murchison AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 7/380 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1891 AWMM LytteltonChristchurch AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 5 August 1914 AWMM 10 Irving Street, Lower Riccarton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Ian Rod C. Murchison (brother), Lake Coleridge, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 7/380 AWMM
  • Military service
    • Served with NZ Volunteers prior to WWI AWMM
    • Served with Canterbury Yeoman Cavalry in the 1920s AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO citation: "For great courage and distinguished conduct in leading his Squadron at Gaza on 26th March, 1917. Advancing from the north with great dash, he succeeded in reaching Ali Muntar Redoubt and connecting up with the Infantry." (London Gazette, 1 January 1918, p29, WA 40 4/4/22) AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) Twice AWMM
      1st MID citation: "For gallant and distinguished conduct in the field or for other valuable services. General A.J. Murray's despatch dated 1st March 1917. (Commander-in-Chief, Egyptian Expeditionary Force)". London Gazette, 6 July 1917, p6774. 2nd MID citation: "For gallant and distinguished conduct in the field or for other valuable services. General A.J. Murray's despatch dated 28th June 1917. (Commander-in-Chief, Egyptian Expeditionary Force)". London Gazette, 12 January 1918, p804. AWMM
    • New Zealand Territorial Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 5 August 1914 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Solicitor and Barrister/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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About death

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  • Death
    24 April 1979 AWMM
    Age 87 AWMM
    ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 527 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Powles, C.G. (Ed). (1928). History of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles 1914-19. Auckland, N.Z.: Whitcombe & Tombs. AWMM


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