following is from page 1 articles in the 6 Sep 1917 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.
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Private Francis Lealand Murphy of
North Walsingham, whose death, we feel sure, will come almost as a
personal lose to many Reformer readers.
The deceased soldier was the son
of the late Squire John Murphy, a former prominent and greatly
esteemed citizen of Norfolk.
Frank passed his 32nd birthday in
He was a two-year man at Varsity
and had lived a good deal in the States.
His letters to The Reformer have
made him deservedly popular in Norfolk.
Four brothers survive: John,
William and Leslie, all in Winnipeg, and Edwin on the homestead.
There are two sisters, Mrs. Tighe of Northern Ontario, and Miss
Annie at home.
7 of the 29 Nov 1917 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper
Tributes to the Late
Francis L. Murphy
The following four letters have
been received by Miss Annie E. Murphy of Siliver Hill, since the
death in action of her brother, Pte. Francis L. Murphy, and she
has kindly permitted us to publish them.
Dear Miss Murphy: -- I dare say
the War Office has notified you of the death of your brother,
Private F. L. Murphy, 797104, who was killed in action on 21 Aug
No doubt you will feel your sad
loss very much as it is hard to part with our friends and loved
ones; but it is a consolation to know that he died in a righteous
He died in the great cause of
human freedom and for those he loved; and "greater love hath
no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his
It is a great privilege to meet
our brave boys over here. Canada may well be proud of her gallant
sons, and they have won undying fame in France and Flanders.
May the Lord comfort you in your
bereavement and may you find Him an ever present help in time of
trouble. With deepest sympathy.
Chaplin 29th Canadians.
4 Sep 1917.
Dear Miss Murphy: -- No doubt by
this time you have been officially notified of the death of your
I know what a terrible shock it
must have been but it may be some consolation for you to know that
the end came instantly. He suffered no pain.
Although I am quite aware that
nothing will ever make up your great loss you will always have the
pleasant memory that he paid the supreme sacrifice in his
Roger S. Moore, Lieut.
17 Sep 1917.
Dear Miss Murphy: -- I have just
heard with the most poignant grief of the death of your splendid
I had long looked upon him as one
of my warm personal friends and I just finished reading his recent
articles in The Reformer.
He had the divine inflatus and
the true Celtic and poetic nature, and the world is poorer because
of his death. But he gave his life that others might live and he
knew what was at stake.
Just the other night the Bosche
bombed a maternity hospital situatied three doors from my bittet.
The 19 mothers were all killed, also two nurses in attendance and
two babies. Your splendid and heroic brother gave his life in
order to end such things.
In proud and loving memory
Norfolk will not forget his sacrifice. He has but gone before a
E'en as he trod that day to
So walked he from his birth
In simpleness and gentleness
And honour and clean mirth.
I send profound and heartfelt
sympathy and I grieve with you in your great loss.
Arthur C. Pratt.
France, 25 Oct 1917.
Dear Miss Murphy: -- I was very
pleased to hear from you and I will try and do all that is in my
power for you. I will get all the information
about your brother that I can and I will be very pleased to do it.
As to getting the watch, ring,
glasses and the things that the little French girl gave him, they
are all personal belongings and they are the thing that you would
appreciate, but they are things that I am afraid that I cannot get
Your brother was in my
section and I was the nearest man to him at the time of his death,
but we were making an advance at the time and no one is allowed to
stop for another fellow until we have reached our objective.
I will do my best to get these
things for you. I can give you the name of is chaplain, Captain H.
E. Letang, Roman Catholic chaplain of the Sixth Brigade,
Canadians, and also the name and address of his company commander,
Major Sharp, O.C., B Company, 29th Canadians, France.
About looking after letters and
parcels that come for a soldier who has been killed, the letters
are returned to sender, but parcels, if the soldier has not made
any arrangement about them in case of his being killed, are sent
back to the base and delivered among the hospitals. If he has made
arrangements for his parcels to be handed over to some of his
friends in the battalion they do so, but there has to be a written
statement in the orderly room about it.
I think the last letter he wrote
was in August, just before we made the advance. I received your
9 Oct 1917 and on the 10th one from home containing a
clipping from The Reformer with your brother's picture.
I miss him very much and I am
more than sorry that he was killed. Francis was the only 133rd
fellow in my company, and you have my sincerest sympathy in your
loss. If there is anything further that I can do for you do not
hesitate to ask.
see Francis' Attestation Paper: side
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also see Frank's
long letter home