Sergeant Murray Oliver Kirby, B127602
Royal Canadian Artillery – 19 Field Regiment
Sergeant Kirby is sponsored by L. Col. (ret’d) M.D. McKay, CD, ADC.
Sergeant Kirby était parrainé par L. Col. (ret’d) M.D. McKay, CD, ADC.
Birth place and date: Murray was born in Oshawa, ON on 12 August 1916.
Home town: Murray grew up in Oshawa, ON.
Religion: Murray was a member of the United Church.
Occupation: Before the war, Murray served as a clerk.
Marital Status: Murray was never married or had any children.
Next of kin: Murray’s next of kin was his Mother, Mary Jane Kirby.
Date and location of enlistment: Murray enlisted on 15 July 1942 in Terrace, BC.
Medals: Murray was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the France-Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal, and the CVSM and Clasp.
Burial location: Murray is buried at the St.-Aubin-sur-Mer War Cemetery in France. He was 27 years old when he died.
Student’s final reflection:
Murray left behind a very loving family. This polite and trustworthy man took pride in his country over anything else. I greatly appreciate that Murray would sacrifice your life for your freedom.
I highly respect what Murray and so many of your fellow soldiers went through to make Canada one of my favourite nations, and such a safe and tremendous place. I’m sorry that Murray left this earth so early and never had the chance to find the woman of his dreams, have kids, or see the world after that awful war.
Witten by: Brady, a student at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par: Brady, un élève de Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
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