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Ralph Rexnall Murphy

In memory of:

Gunner Ralph Rexnall Murphy

September 13, 1952


Majon-Ni-NE, South Korea

Military Service


Service Number:

SF13820

Age:

21

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal Canadian Horse Artillery

Division:

1 RCHA

Citation(s):

Korea Medal

Additional Information


Born:

March 6, 1931
East Jeddove, Nova Scotia

Enlistment:

August 22, 1950
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Son of John William, a Second World War veteran of Mount Hanley, Nova Scotia and Beatrice Murphy of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Brother of Neil. Gunner Murphy was a tall, lean blond youngster. He was quiet but a good talker once he got started. In school, his best subject was science and although he rather liked school, he quit at 16 to go to work. He worked for two years as a farm hand then changed employment and became a lumberman. There was not much to do in Mount Hanley, so he took up his spare time skating, swimming and hunting. He chose Royal Canadian Horse Artillery as his corps and desired to be trained as a Coast Artilley Gunner. Gunner Murphy is commemorated on the Nova Scotia Korea War Memorial with his fellow Nova Scotians who lost their lives in the Korean War. The Memorial is located at Pleasant and Parade Streets in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. It was unveiled and dedicated in a ceremony on 16 August 2003.

Commemorated on the Wall of Remembrance.

Commemorated on Page 53 of the Korean War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

UNITED NATIONS CEMETERY (BUSAN)
South Korea

Grave Reference:

21. 5. 1310

Location:

The United Nations Cemetery is located in Tanggok, a suburb of Busan. The land for the cemetery was granted to the United Nations by the Republic of Korea as a tribute to all those who had laid down their lives in combatting aggression and in upholding peace and freedom. There are 2,267 servicemen buried in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery. Of these 1,538 were Commonwealth soldiers, including 376 Canadians.

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  • Korea War Memorial
  • Photo of Ralph Rexnall Murphy– Ralph Rexnall Murphy on enlistment in 1950.
  • Plaque– Memorial plaques for Gunner Ralph Rexnall Murphy, Private Lawrence Leonard Murray, Corporal Douglas Leonard Newel and Craftsman Norman Douglas Nicholson on the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario.
  • Memorial– A section of the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario. The memorial consists of a central section and 13 other sections containing memorial plaques for each of the 516 Canadian service men who died while serving with the Canadian Forces in the United Nations operations in Korea. It was erected by the Korea Veterans Association of Canada and was dedicated on July 27, 1997.
  • Memorial– Central Section of Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance Left Part
  • Inscription– Central Section of Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance Centre Part
  • Memorial– Central Section of Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance Right Part

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