Robert William Skinner Murray

Robert William Skinner Murray

Royal Army Medical Corp

Died 6 May 1919 age 32

Capt. R.W. Murray –  R.A.M.C.

Robert William Skinner Murray was born at Woodside, Aberdeen on 23 May 1886, younger son of John Murray, grocer, draper, JP, Chairman of the local School Board, and his wife Elizabeth, who were in Kincardine O’Neil from at least 1891, living at “Murray’s Buildings”. He went to school first at Kincardine O’Neil, then Robert Gordons College from the age of thirteen. Following in the footsteps of his older brother John who was six years ahead of him, he studied medicine at the University of Aberdeen. He graduated MB Ch B in 1912 (aged 25) and obtained a Diploma in Public Health in 1913.

In May 1914 Murray was house surgeon at the Tunbridge Wells General Hospital. He joined the RAMC in October 1914, was commissioned as Lieutenant, and sent to Millbank for a special course in sanitation, then to Llandudno lecturing to troops, before being sent to France in May 1915 when he was promoted to the rank of Captain. Soon after the battle of Loos he was wounded and sent home. Possibly this enabled him to attend his father’s funeral in February 1916 along with his brother John, then in private practice in Middlesborough, before he was despatched to Egypt in May 1916. He served in Egypt and Palestine and survived the Armistice when he transferred to the Royal Air Force, attending no. 5 Fighting School, only to succumb to bronchial pneumonia in Cairo on 6 May 1919 aged 32. He is buried at the UK Cairo War Memorial Cemetery. He is also commemorated in the old churchyard of Kincardine O’Neil (stone with its back to the west outside wall of the ruined kirk).