War dead Male Born 3/4/1909 Died 18/12/1945
Gunner Henry Harry Murphy.
He was born on 3 April 1909, the fifth of the seven children of John Murphy (1867-1916) and Ellen Jane Murphy née Davey (1869-1944), his birth being registered in the Whitechapel registration district. His father was a carman and the 1911 census shows him living at 33 Queen Anne Street, Durward Street, Whitechapel, with his parents and three siblings.
His father enlisted in the Army Service Corps, service number T4/096279, on 13 April 1915 and gave the address of the family as 32 Woodham Street, Whitechapel. His father entered France on 2 August 1915 but suffered from an inflammation of his intestine and died on 19 December 1916 in the 30th General Hospital, Calais, France, being posthumously awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
On 6 March 1932 he married Alice Ada Adkin (1906-1997) at St Andrew's Church, Hoxton. The marriage register shows him as a labourer residing at 25 Longbow House, Phillipp Street, Haggerston whilst she was shown as living at 6 Bankstock Buildings. The 1939 England and Wales Register shows them both living at 32 Hamilton Buildings, Shoreditch and his occupation was recorded as a carman - heavy worker.
He enlisted in the Royal Artillery, service number 5783083, and was attached to their 60th Field Regiment when he died, aged 36 years, on 18 December 1945. His death was registered in the Brentwood, Essex, registration district and he was buried in Section M.10, Grave 61840 in Abney Park Cemetery, 215 Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16 0LH. As he has no headstone he is commemorated on Panel 12 of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Screen Wall, near their Cross of Sacrifice in Abney Park Cemetery.