We were recently contacted by the grandson of 591441 Sergeant Ernest John Murray, who served with the London Irish Rifles during the First World War.
In his note, Glenn Murray told us:
“My grandfather, EJ Murray, served with the 1/18th Battalion London Irish Rifles during the First World War and whilst looking on the internet in an attempt to get some information about the battles which he may have been involved in, I came across your website. My grandfather was awarded the Military Medal as a result of escaping from a prisoner of war camp in 1918.
Whilst looking at your website, I noticed a link to a list of those soldiers that were awarded the Military Medal during the First World War whilst serving with the 1/18th Battalion and I was surprised to see that his name is not included.”
We are now so pleased to correct our website to include Ernest Murray’s details – the London Gazette confirmation of the MM award is dated 30th January 1920 – and we also attach here an account of his escape from Prisoner of War Camp.
A most remarkable story indeed.