Rifleman George Ernest Murray, H8786
The Royal Winnipeg Rifles
On March 19 1943, 19 year old George Ernest Murray had enlisted and ready was to go to war. He was born February 29 1924 in Solsgirth, Manitoba. George lived with his mother Dorothy Helen and his father Issac, as well as his siblings: Pte Rowell Murray (R.C.A.S.C.), William Murray, Cpl Helen Murray (C.W.A.C.), Doris Halldorson, and Jean Margaret Laing. George attended the Church of England and was not married. He did not have any previous military training prior to enlistment.
Prior to enlisting, George was a farm helper and liveryman. After the war, he planned on being in telegraphy. George trained in Winnipeg, Fort Garry, and Shilo Manitoba. He left for England on August 23, 1943 and arrived September 2 1943. He served for over one year, moving from the rank of Private to Rifleman.
Sadly, George died at the age of 20 on June 6 1944 at the site of Juno Beach. George was buried in the Beny-sur-Mer Cemetery, Plot 5, Row E in France. George may not have lived the longest life, but his contributions made in the war will never be forgotten.
Written by: Loren Onate, a student at Garth Webb Secondary School in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par:Loren Onate, un élève de Garth Webb Secondary School, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
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