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Henry Francis Allan Murphy
Stoker Second Class
Service No: 2069


The book about the sinking of HMS Li Wo, called 'Stand by to Die' mentions an Australian stoker called Maury - Australian Stoker who was shot in the chest by a looting Chinese coolie gang on Bangka island - sadly left to die alone by his comrades because they couldn't carry him. My personal view is that this is a spelling error, after all the original crew list was hidden on a scrap of paper for 3.5 years in a Japanese POW camp.

I believe that after a lot of searching, this man was actually an Australian stoker called Henry Murphy.

Please contact Andy (webmaster) with any information.

Andy Wade (Webmaster)

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission record:

Nationality: Australian 
Rank: Stoker 2nd Class 
Regiment: Royal Australian Naval Reserve 
Unit Text: H.M.S. Sultan 
Age: 18 
Date of Death: 15/02/1942 
Service No: 2069 
Additional information: Son of Henry Michael and Ethel Murphy, of Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia. 
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead 
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 76, Column 2.