Captain Murphy, 26th Infantry Battalion

When Captain Joseph (Kevin) Murphy, MC returned to Australia in January 1919 he was still recovering from wounds received in action in Northern France. We are very fortunate at the State Library of Queensland, to have a collection that relates to his service, including his medals, and postcards he sent to his young cousin Alma.

Postcard to Alma Murphy, May 1918

The Queenslander Pictorial

Portrait of J Kevin Murphy, published 1916

26th Infantry Battalion

AWM image: E04212  |  26th Infantry Battalion, Marchienne-au-Pont, Belgium, 1918

currant bread’

‘personal gallantry and inspiration to his men’

AWM Image: E02877  |  German tank captured by 26th Australian battalion, 1918

Postcard to Alma Murphy, April 1916

Captain Murphy’s gallant and highly decorated service has been commemorated in the State Library's Distant Lines Exhibition, and his small but no less valuable Collection, has now been digitised and transcribed.

Further Reading:

Marg Powell


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