MURRAY Thomas Templeton
15937, 2nd Lieutenant, NZ Rifle Brigade
Gazetted 15 October 1918
For conspicuous gallantry and good leadership during an attack. When his Platoon was held up by machine gun fire, he placed his Lewis Gun into such a position that they were able to keep down the enemy’s machine gun fire and directed one of his sections to rush the post from a flank. He thus cleared the garrison; then, mounting his guns on the rear of the enemy trench, he harassed their retreat. His work in mopping up and consolidation was invaluable.
Gazetted 16 August 1917
For conspicuous gallantry at Messines on 7th June 1917. He returned to a trench from which his platoon had been driven by enemy shellfire in order to dig for one of his men who was buried by the explosion of a big shell. He set the finest example to his men. As Acting Company sergeant major he showed fine initiative and gallantry in re-organising the company under the most difficult circumstances.
British War Medal