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Colonel Pulteney MURRAY (1849-1912)

1. Colonel Pulteney Henry MURRAY, son of Pulteney MURRAY (1807-1875) and Jane MACKENNY ( -1851), was born on 17 November 1849 in Edenderry, Queens County, Ireland. He was a Colonel in the Army. He married Mary Leaycraft INGHAM on 20 January 1876 in Hammersmith Ch., London, England. He died on 15 September 1912 in "Mangroville", Paget, Bermuda. He died in November 1912.


1849-1912. Only child of Pulteney Murray and Jane MacKenny, who died when he way about two. He was brought up by his aunt Catherine Anne - "Aunt Donny", whilst his father remarried and had three children. Before any of these children appeared his father had joined the Royal Irish Constabulary - on the official documents for the RIC he left the space for information about any children blank. It paints a rather bleak picture of his childhood that his mother had died and his father wanted nothing to do with him. (17/11/1849 Edenderry, Queens County - 1912) (1877 lived in Parsonstown. in 1901 lived at The Grove, Lancaster. Married Mary Leaycroft Ingham 20/1/1876, St. Paul's Hammersmith; lived at 2 Adelaide Road, Hammersmith at time of marriage). Military career with 1st Shropshire Light Infantry. Its Commanding Officer 1894. Ensign 53rd, February. 1869. Musketry-Instructor,1877 to 1880. Adjutant. 1881 to 1883, including the Egyptian War. Commanded 2nd Battalion, February, 1894, to 1898. Worked in Canada, West Indies, Bermuda, Egypt and Malta. 5' 8 ?"! (85th Regiment (2nd KSLI)).

The Obituary of Pulteney Henry Murray:

"The death took place on Sunday at Southsea of Colonel Henry Murray. Colonel Murray served through the Egyptian War of 1882 as captain and adjutant in the King's Own Shropshire Light Infantry, and was awarded the medal and Khedive's Bronze Star. In 1900 he was appointed to the command of the 4th Regimental District, and afterwards he held the command of the North-Western District at Chester."

Despite this obit. Murray actually died in Bermuda, at his wife's family home, according to various other sources.

In Bermuda - 1870 to 1875. 53rd (Shropshire) Regiment. (later, King's Shropshire Light Infantry).


A note on Khedive's Bronze Star, which was awarded to PHM

The Khedive of Egypt presented a bronze star to all Officers and men of the Navy and Army who were engaged in the suppression of the rebellion of Egypt in 1882. The Star was re-issued for 1884, 1885-6, 1886-9 and 1890. One clasp was issued with an Arabic inscription to those who fought at Tokar on Feb 19th 1901.

Most of the battles in the final years of British influence in Egypt were rewarded with issues of the Egyptian Medal, but the Egyptian Khedive Tewfik Pasha showed his gratitude for British help with issues of his own bronze star for the campaigns in his kingdom.
One of these, the siege and capture of the Mahdist stronghold of Tokar in the Sudan, was unusual in that no British award was made for it, although the Khedive's Star could be worn in uniform. Tokar had since 1883 been the seat of the Beja leader Usman Dinga, and the 1891 campaign resulted in his briefly being captured.
Those who had already been awarded a Khedive's Star for earlier Egyptian campaigns were awarded only the bar for the Tokar campaign; issues of new undated stars with this bar are comparatively rare, therefore, as they went only to the newest soldiers in the forces involved. One such must have received this medal, but as it is unnamed, we do not know who he was. Lester Watson acquired the medal at some point before 1928. (see illustration).


Mary Leaycraft INGHAM, daughter of Hon. Samuel Saltus INGHAM (1816-1900) and Margaret Richardson LEAYCRAFT (1821-1880), was born on 22 June 1848 in Paget, Bermuda. She was born on 22 June 1848 in Paget, Bermuda. She was baptised on 1 October 1848 in Paget Bermuda. She was christened on 1 October 1848 in Paget. She died on 30 April 1890 in "Mangroville". She and Pulteney Henry MURRAY had the following children:



Pulteney Charles Rushworth MURRAY (1877-1882)


Bertie Elibank MURRAY (1881-1960)


Percy James Alexander MURRAY (1884-1920)


Catherine Gladys MURRAY (1886-1958)


Gerald Graham MURRAY-MOORE (1888-1949)

Second Generation

2. Pulteney Charles Rushworth MURRAY, son of Colonel Pulteney Henry MURRAY and Mary Leaycraft INGHAM, was born on 1 April 1877. He died on 3 May 1882.


3. Colonel Bertie Elibank MURRAY DSO, son of Colonel Pulteney Henry MURRAY and Mary Leaycraft INGHAM, was born on 10 May 1881 in Chatham. He was a Soldier. He married Agnes Letitia BARRINGTON on 30 June 1927. He died on 14 September 1960.


First Batallion Kings Shropshire Light Infantry.Commanded 158th Royal Welsh Infantry Brigade (TA). Served in Somaliland 1908-1910, First World War( Mentioned in Dispatches five times, and received a DSO) and in World War II commanded 38th Divisional School.

Letter written 14/5/1960 to "Crumbs" (who?), just a few months before his death:

Dear Crumbs,

.......... Hope you have more or less settled in, Maria well, but she does far too much, but who could keep her quiet!?

We go Portcawl on 25th for 15 days. The doctors have not defeated my ailments, and am getting a bit fed up with them, as don't think they take much interest in panel patients, but pills at 3/9 each, 3 times daily, a ???? at 3 guinees a time are a bit too steep for me.

I went to Slim Bridge (Wild Fowl Trust) on Wedensday, most interesting although geese had gone North. Also went Shrewsbury today week back for a Regimental Reunion. Nothing happening here.




Agnes Letitia BARRINGTON nee Evans was born on 28 July 1883. She died on 22 November 1964.


4. Lieutenant Percy James Alexander MURRAY, son of Colonel Pulteney Henry MURRAY and Mary Leaycraft INGHAM, was born on 30 May 1884. He was a Soldier. He died in 1920 in Australia.


Was a Lieutenant in the Dorset Regiment and Australian Imperial Force. He died in Australia.


5. Catherine Gladys MURRAY (known as 'Gladys'), daughter of Colonel Pulteney Henry MURRAY and Mary Leaycraft INGHAM, was born on 18 January 1886 in Oswestry (registered). She was born on 18 January 1886 in Oswestry. She married Maurice Fiennes Fitzgerald WILSON on 4 August 1914 in St Judes, Portsea, Portsmouth, England. She died on 12 April 1958.


Gladys was born into a family with a long and distinguished history on her father's side, and into a powerful Bermudan shipping family on her mother's side. Her mother's father had risen to the position of Speaker of the House of Assembly in Bermuda. Gladys herself married a naval officer.


Captain Maurice Fiennes Fitzgerald WILSON DSO, RN (known as 'Fiennes', and also as [unnamed person]), son of Maurice Fitzgerald WILSON (1858-1945) and Florence May BADNALL (1858-1941), was born on 22 June 1886 in 2 Talbot Villas, Old Dover Road, Gravesend, Kent. He was a Naval Officer. He died on 16 February 1975 in Watlington, Oxon. He was buried in Putney Vale Cemetery. He and Catherine Gladys MURRAY had the following children:



Pamela Fiennes WILSON (1918-2018)


Peter Fiennes WILSON (1920-1995)


6. Captain Gerald Graham MURRAY-MOORE, son of Colonel Pulteney Henry MURRAY and Mary Leaycraft INGHAM, was born on 17 September 1888. He was a Soldier. He married Lilian Julietta MOORE on 13 March 1922. He died on 8 July 1949.


Was a Captain in the York & Lancaster Regiement. Assumed by Royal License the additional name of Moore in 1931.


Lilian Julietta MOORE was born circa 1870. She and unk MABSON were divorced circa 1904. She died on 7 November 1953.

Third Generation

7. Pamela Fiennes WILSON, daughter of Captain Maurice Fiennes Fitzgerald WILSON DSO, RN and Catherine Gladys MURRAY, was born on 17 March 1918. She died on 24 April 2018. She was buried on 8 May 2018 in St. Peter's, Hinckley. She married William Edward Gerald CHURCHER.


William Edward Gerald CHURCHER was born on 29 November 1911. He was a Solicitor. He died circa 2003. He and Pamela Fiennes WILSON had the following children:



Susan CHURCHER (1945- ). Susan was born on 20 August 1945.


Hilary Jane CHURCHER (1947- ) (known as 'Jane'). Jane was born on 3 January 1947.


Penelope Anne CHURCHER (1948- ) (known as 'Penny'). Penny was born on 8 April 1948.


Andrew Edward CHURCHER (1951-1987). Andrew was born on 30 April 1951. He died in 1987.


Gillian Mary CHURCHER (1956- ) (known as 'Gilly'). Gilly was born on 5 February 1956.


8. Peter Fiennes WILSON, son of Captain Maurice Fiennes Fitzgerald WILSON DSO, RN and Catherine Gladys MURRAY, was born on 21 December 1920 in 2 Dartmouth Place, Blackheath. He was born on 21 December 1920 in 2 Dartmouth Pl., Blackheath. He was a Consultant Civil Engineer. He married Iris Margaret MARTIN on 21 May 1949 in Ilminster Church. He died on 31 July 1995 in Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells. He died in 1996 in Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells. He married Judy Olivia DE COURCEY HUGHES (NEE SHORTHOSE).


Peter joined the firm of Coode and Partners, Consultant Civil Engineers, and stayed there for his entire career. He rose in the firm to become resident engineer (including spates in Nigeria, Iraq and Malta), was then promoted to partner, and then, a number of years later, to Senior Partner. He led the firm when it changed its status from partnership to company. Coodes had been the company Peter's grandfather Maurice Wilson had been in.

Later in life he developed what some doctors believed was Multiple Sclerosis, and gradually lost the use of his left arm and leg, and was eventually confined to a wheelchair. Although he travelled a lot as a young married man (with his job), he was by nature a home-loving and unadventurous man. He often said that his favourite occupation was "pottering" at home. He was a serious stamp-collector. He had a gentle disposition and was quite shy, but well-liked by friends, family and colleagues.

He was not an ambitious man - when he finally led the firm he had stayed with all his life, he often said he would rather have remained as a plain engineer doing engineering, rather than accept the rigours and responsibilities of management; this was especially so as the company had problems at the time, which led it to be forced to amalgamate with another company to ensure its survival.


Re: Coode and Partners:

"Having reached the age of 86 I realise that I must be one of a relatively few engineers who are able to add a comment to your very interesting article on the development of the Mulberry Harbour, which was without doubt instrumental in the successful end of the Second World War.

It so happened that in 1944 I was directed by central government to work on the structural analysis of air frames for aircraft then under design, but in January 1947 I secured a post as a junior engineer with Coode, Vaughan-Lee Frank and Gwyther in their design office in Victoria Street, London.

As the war had recently been concluded my new design colleagues wasted no time in telling me of the part their firm’s partners and design engineers had played in the overall design of the harbour, one even having been locked away in a separate room to study tide tables.

The majority of those viewing films of the landing may be familiar with the overall design but few know that Reg Gwyther, a partner, was requested by Churchill to join the Quebec Conference to advise on the possibility and/or practicability of designing and being able to use such a temporary structure.

Gwyther’s flight to Canada was not without its own adventure. Readers will appreciate that the journey was indeed urgent and it was still war time. I was told there were no aircraft available that could fly that distance, so he was put into the bomb bay of a liberator aircraft, presumably well wrapped up against the low temperature, and safely delivered."

JW Hall (M),


Iris Margaret MARTIN, daughter of Charlie James MARTIN (c. 1892- ) and Emily Mabel "Girlie" WALLER (1888-1941), was born on 21 February 1920 in Finchley, London. She was a Housewife. She died in December 2001 in Crowborough, E.Sussex. She and Peter Fiennes WILSON had the following children:



Michael Murray Fiennes WILSON (1953- ). Michael was born on 3 September 1953. He was a Catering and Facilities Manager.


Philip Antony Fiennes WILSON (1954- ). Philip was born on 15 December 1954 in Habbanijah, Iraq. He was a Musician/Teacher. He had 2 children. He had 2 spouses. He married Victoria Ruth Joyce LYNE in 1974. They were divorced in 1979. He married Siu Fung PEASGOOD on 31 May 1996 in Crowborough, E. Sussex, England.


Judy Olivia DE COURCEY HUGHES (NEE SHORTHOSE) was born in 1921.