100 Years Ago: Flight Lieut. William Murray Dies of Wounds

The Intelligencer January 10, 1918 (page 7)

“Another Belleville Soldier Makes Supreme Sacrifice. J. W. Murray, Belleville, Ont. London, Jan. 8th, 1918. Deeply regret to inform you No. 58 casualty clearing station reports 2nd Lieut. W. D. Murray, Royal Flying Corp., 1st squadron, died of wounds on January 3rd, 1918. The Army Council express their sincere sympathy. Secretary War Council.

The above sad message received last evening by Mr. J. W. Murray, of this city, Manager of the Belleville branch of the Dominion Bank, conveys the intelligence that another young and brave Bellevillian has sacrificed his life for King and Country. Whilst no details were given as to the nature of the wounds received, it is presumed that he was fatally injured by his machine being brought down.

Lieut. Murray was the youngest son of Mr. Murray, and was only 19 years of age. He was born in this city and had lived here all his life. When the war broke out he was anxious to enlist, but his youth was against him. Last year he, however, decided to join the Royal Flying Corp. and did so. He was at Camp Borden for a while and also at Camp Mohawk near Deseronto. He took an expert course, and owing to his capabilities and intelligence in six months was a Flight-Lieut.

He left for overseas but a few weeks ago and had only been in France almost a month. William was a studious young man and was exceedingly popular with his teachers and class-mates whilst at school. The news of his death will be learned with deep regret and to his father and other members of the family will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens.

Lieut. Gordon Murray, a brother of deceased, who went overseas some time ago is at present a prisoner of war, being confined in Fort Zorndorf in Germany, which is a celebrated fort in that country. He has made unsuccessful attempts to escape from his captors.”

[Note: Second Lieutenant William Douglas Gillespie Murray died on January 3, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 591 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]