Flying Officer

Henry St Aubyn Murray



Additional Information: 

Son of Henry and Eileen Gertrude Murray, of Christchurch, Canterbury; husband of Ismene Nola Murray, of Fendalton, Christchurch.

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Biographical Notes:

"A member of the Royal New Zealand Air Force died from injuries and another was fairly seriously hurt when a Jeep, in which they were riding, skidded in the loose metal near the Whangarei Harbour Board slip at 4 o’clock on Saturday afternoon and capsized over a bank.

Flying-Officer Henry St. Aubyn Murray, aged 55, widower, was admitted to the Whangarei District Hospital with injuries from which he died early this morning. A.C.I Frederick Wadley, whose home address is Main Road, Eastbourne, Wellington, had several ribs broken. His condition is fairly satisfactory. Senior-Sergeant A. Henderson, who arrived on the scene of the accident soon after it occurred, took A.C.I Wadley to hospital and called the ambulance, which conveyed Flying-Officer Murray. The three ether occupants of the conveyance were uninjured. 

An inquest into the death of Flying Officer Murray was opened by the District Coroner (Mr J. G. Draper, J.F.) this afternoon.

The Assistant Medical Superintendent of the Whangarei District Hospital (Dr. Kevin N. McNamara) said that when admitted to hospital at 5.15 p.m., Flying-Officer Murray was suffering from shock, fractured ribs, laceration of the lungs, broken left collarbone and broken left arm. His condition showed some improvement, but later deteriorated and at 4.30 a.m. today he suddenly collapsed and died. Flight-Lieutenant Gates, commanding a Rcval New Zealand Air Force station, identified the body as that of Flying-Officer Henry St. Aubyn Murray, whom he believed to be a widower, aged 55 years. To visit an army unit Flying-Officer Murray left with Flight-Lieut. Rowcliffe, who was driving a Jeep. On being informed of an accident having occurred, witness went to the spot where he found deceased in an ambulance. Both then and when seen at Hospital on Sunday afternoon. Flying-Officer Murray said he was “feeling not so bad.” His next-of-kin is a son. Flying-Officer St. A. J. Murray, R.N.Z.A.F."

[Northern Advocate, 12 April 1943, Page 2]

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Service Number: 
Henry St Aubyn Murray
Flying Officer
Date of Birth:
Not known
Date of Enlistment:
Not known
Royal New Zealand Air Force

Casualty Details

Cause of Death:
Motor Vehicle Accident
Date of Death:
12 April 1943
Day of Death:
Age at Death: 

Embarkation Details

Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum


Cemetery Reference: 
45. 7.
Cemetery Location: 
New Zealand
Henry St Aubyn Murray
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