Private Donald Murray

Don Murray was born in Bradford in 1893 into a working class family of six children. He vividly remembered the end of the South African War and seeing returning solders being given a hero’s welcome. When Britain declared war in August 1914, Don decided to join up. He and his fellow apprentices went straight to the recruiting office and enlisted as a group in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.  

Don arrived in France in May 1915. His battalion went ‘over the top’ on the first day of the Somme, and by the end of the morning Don was one of the few men who had not been wounded. Don went on to see service in Italy before returning home to Bradford. In December 1973, aged 80, he was interviewed by the Imperial War Museum. He recalled the build up to the Offensive...

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