2006 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother – Alice Murphy
National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother Alice Murphy. (Photo: Garry Best)
(Photo: courtesy of Garry Best)
Mrs. Alice Murphy of Conception Bay, Newfoundland, was the 2006 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother. During the national Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa on November 11, 2006, she laid a wreath at the base of the National War Memorial on behalf of all mothers who have lost a child in military service to Canada.
On January 27, 2004, her youngest child, Corporal Jamie Brendan Murphy, was killed by an explosion, believed to have been carried out by a suicide bomber, in the western district of Kabul, Afghanistan. He was on duty with the 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment Battalion Group.
Mrs. Murphy, née Skeffington, was born in Amherst Cove and was a teacher in Newfoundland. Upon her marriage to Norman Murphy, she moved to Conception Harbour and became a stay-at-home mother to their four children–John, Rosemary, Norma and Jamie.
List of National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mothers
(Information courtesy of the Royal Canadian Legion, Canadian War Museum and families of the National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mothers)