Malcolm Murray

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Captain (retired) Malcolm Murray, R.N. (7 April, 1884 – 3 June, 1961) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Mullinga, Ireland.

Murray served first in the second class battleship Renown in the Mediterranean from 15 May 1900 to 18 June, 1902 when he was superseded. On 31 July, 1902 he was appointed to Hannibal, which was in the Channel.

Murray was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1905. Murray would be superseded in command of T.B. 110 on 13 August, 1906 for "disregarding C-in-C's express orders as to being on deck when colours are hoisted in the morning." He was sent to the third class protected cruiser Proserpine, in which he would spend two years, receive ten days instruction in navigation, and actually navigate the ship during an illness of her navigator. In May 1907, Murray asked that he be permitted to qualify in torpedoes, but there is no sign that such an opportunity was provided him.[1]

Murray was awarded the Africa General Service Medal with clasp "Somaliland 1908-10". In December, 1908 he was awarded his certificate for Physical Training.[2]

Murray served in the armoured cruiser Monmouth from 12 March 1910 to 5 August, 1911, during which time he would be thanked for having contributed to her good results in Gunlayer Tests.

Murray was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 December, 1913.[3]

On 13 August, 1914, Murray was appointed to the armed merchant cruiser Empress of Japan by the Commander-in-Chief, China Station.

Murray was appointed as acting Commander in command of the armed boarding ship Lunka from 2 August, 1915 to 6 May, 1918.[4]

Murray was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1918.[5]

Post-War

Murray was appointed in command of the destroyer Wakeful on 6 April, 1920.[6] He weathered a Court of Enquiry on 11 June, 1920 probing the loss of confidential books from the ship withnothing more than an admonition to "be more careful in future." He spent six months unpaid time after being superseded on 5 January, 1921 and was then placed in command of Sorceress from mid July 1921 to mid-March of 1922.[7]

Murray was again moved to unpaid time, and was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 1 November, 1922. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of Captain (retired) on 7 April, 1929.[8]

World War II

Appointed for duty on staff of Vice Admiral Commanding, Northern Patrol on 8 November 1939, and in command of Northern Patrol Trawlers.[9]

Reverted to the Retired List on 12 May, 1946.[10]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles R. Blane
Captain of H.M. T.B. 110
1 Sep, 1905[11] – 13 Aug, 1906
Succeeded by
Alexander S. Douglas
Preceded by
Claude H. Woodward
Captain of H.M.S. Nightingale
5 Aug, 1911[12] – 13 Aug, 1914
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Harold O. Joyce
Captain of H.M.S. Onslow
8 Aug, 1918 – 10 May, 1919
Succeeded by
Conald McAllister
Preceded by
Basil R. Poë
Captain of H.M.S. Acheron
10 May, 1919[13] – 30 Aug, 1919
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Somerville P. B. Russell
Captain of H.M.S. Tintagel
30 Aug, 1919 – Mar, 1920
Succeeded by
John H. Jauncey
Preceded by
Algernon E. P. Lyons
Captain of H.M.S. Wakeful
6 Apr, 1920[14] – 5 Jan, 1921
Succeeded by
Kenneth A. Beattie
Preceded by
Charles T. A. Bunbury
Captain of H.M.S. Sorceress
15 Jul, 1921 – 15 Mar, 1922
Succeeded by
John W. Durnford
Preceded by
?
Naval Officer in Charge, Kirkwall
19 Sep, 1941[15] – 6 Jun, 1942
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
?
Naval Officer in Charge, Holyhead
c. Sep, 1944 – 18 Feb, 1946
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Murray Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/94. f. ?.
  2. Murray Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/94. f. ?.
  3. Murray Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/94. f. ?.
  4. Murray Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/94. f. ?.
  5. Murray Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/94. f. ?.
  6. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 896.
  7. Murray Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/94. f. ?.
  8. Murray Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/94. f. ?.
  9. Murray Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/94. f. ?.
  10. Murray Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/94. f. ?.
  11. The Navy List. (June, 1906). p. 400.
  12. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 350.
  13. The Navy List. (September, 1919). p. 722.
  14. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 896.
  15. The Navy List. (December, 1941). p. 1194.