Archie MURPHY #3727

Indigenous Australian, Trooper Archie MURPHY, 6th Light Horse Regiment.

In 1917 he married Daisy Martha Lewis, they had already had a young son Percy William Robert Murphy; that same year he volunteered to serve with the first AIF, signing his application in Hay, NSW.

Archie was allotted to the 34th Reinforcements for the 6th Light Horse Regiment and attended the Light Horse training camp at Menangle Park. Trooper Murphy embarked from Sydney on board RMS Ormonde in March 1918. His training had not been without incident, he fractured his hand in October 1917 and had been admitted to hospital with Measles and Bronchitis in November.

When Archie Murphy arrived in Egypt he spent 4 weeks with the 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment at Moascar, before joining his own Regiment at Solomon's Pools, south west of Bethlehem.

The Light Horse Regiments to part in extended patrols throughout the Jordan Valley in 1918 before the surrender of the Ottoman Empire in October.

Trooper Murphy was accidentally injured while taking part in Regimental Sports held in November 1918 at Wadi Hanein, Palestine. He was thrown from his horse during the 'Best section of Light Horsemen over Hurdles' event and slightly injured his neck and head.

The men of the 6th Light Horse remained in Egypt during the first half of 1919 assisting with security during the Egyptian uprising against British Rule.

On his return voyage Archie Murphy was admitted to the ships hospital suffering the effects of Malaria, which he had contracted in the field in December 1918.  When discharged in September 1919 he was declared medically unfit due to this 'disability.'

Bayliss family, Wanganella, NSW with Archie Murphy far right, rear. Image supplied.

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Image 1: Private Archie Murphy and John Morwick Smith, (seated) of the 6th Light Horse regiment, taken in the Middle east in early 1918. Taken from a photograph on page 6 of the Resource Book, for which it is provided by Marie Smith.

Image 2: Young Archie Murphy with his 'adopted' family-  Left off side: George Stephens who worked for Ingrams. Back left: Mary-Anne , George and Archie Murphy who was brought up by the Bayliss family. Front: Matilda, Phillip, Matilda, Margaret and Annie.

Marg Powell & Des Crump


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