James Murphy (1892-1916)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


James Murphy is believed to have been born on 1 September 1892 in Liverpool, the son of machinist Patrick William Murphy and his wife Margaret Ann (née Lunt), and was baptised on 18 September at St. Paul's, Liverpool.

In 1901, the family was residing at 9 Morecambe Street, Anfield.

By 1911, Margaret and three of her children — including James — had moved to Shady Row, Meltham Mills, where they all worked for Jonas Brook & Bros. Ltd.

It appears that after he returned to England wounded, James' death was recorded in the Ecclesall Bierlow district of Sheffield, which suggests he died at the 3rd Northern General Hospital (Collegiate Hall, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield).

By 1921, widow Margaret was living at 25 Ashworth Street, Wavertree, Lancashire, with her three daughters.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

MURPHY, JAMES. Private. No 13442. 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Meltham.[1] Son of Patrick W. and Margaret Ann Murphy, 25 Ashworth Street, Binns Road, Liverpool. Died at home[2], 21.6.1916, aged 23 years. Buried St. JAMES CHURCHYARD, MELTHAM MILLS. Grave location:- East, F, 35.
ROH:- St. Bartholomew's Church, Meltham.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



Notes and References

  1. The 1911 Census states James was born in Lancashire.
  2. According to In Search of a Memory (2014) by Michael Nolan, he returned home injured and was nursed by his widowed mother at 17 Shady Row, Meltham Mills.