MURRAY, James Gardner
Gordon Highlanders, 1st Bn. The London Scottish
Saturday, December 27, 1941
Killed in action or died of wounds
Private James Gardner Murray was killed during operations at Vaagso.  Second Lieutenant Bruce Giles wrote to his parents "l was with your son at the time, and he met his death like a soldier and a gentleman. Thank God it was instant."  2/Lieut. Giles goes on to say:- "He was without exception the nicest, brightest man in the troop; they don’t come any better than young 'Jock' as the chaps called him. It's small consolation I know, but his record was perfect. I feel his loss deeply, almost personally. I liked him so much. He was one of the only five that were up in front with me at the hottest point. They got my elder brother [Captain John Giles] as well, so I know how you feel. Please let me help you if I can."  His brother Alfred Copland Murray also served in No 3 Commando. Sources  CWGC  ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.)  Reported in the Linlithgowshire Gazette - Friday 09 January 1942.  British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.
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