MURRAY, James Gardner

Known as: 
Jock
Rank: 
Private
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Gordon Highlanders, 1st Bn. The London Scottish
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
2879691
Died : 
Saturday, December 27, 1941
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
23
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 
Private James Gardner Murray was killed during operations at Vaagso. [1]
 
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]
 
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." [2]
 
His brother Alfred Copland Murray also served in No 3 Commando.
 
Sources
[1] CWGC
[1] ROH in Commando-Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in WW2 by Brig Durnford-Slater.)
[2] Reported in the Linlithgowshire Gazette - Friday 09 January 1942.
[2] British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.
 

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