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MURPHY, Ian Stephen MacLeod, BEM (1905-1981)

MURPHY, Dr Ian Stephen MacLeod, BEM (1905-1981)

The son of Stephen J and Mary Murphy and born at Nasik, India on 29 January 1905, he was enrolled at Geelong College as a boarder by his guardian, John MacLeod, from 11 February 1919 to December 1922. He had previously attended Ballarat College and his address at entry was given as Wendouree Parade, Ballarat.

At College, he was a cox of the 1st Rowing VIIIs of 1921 and 1922.

'During World War II he served with the Royal Australian Navy. He enlisted on 9 October 1939 in the RAN; his first posting was as a Surgeon Lieutenant to the London Depot where he served at Pembroke on Royal Naval Hospital Chatham from July to November 1940. He served next on 'HMS Spartiate', a yawl-rigged auxiliary launch, from November 1940 until October 1941, then on 'HMAS Kanimbla' from October 1941 until February 1942. He was at 'HMS Magnetic', the shore-based naval Depot at Townsville in October 1942, and, was promoted Lieutenant Commander (Surgeon) on 1 August 1945.'

He applied for demobilisation 'to go into private practice' on 8 February 1945, and this application was successful. He was placed on the Reserve List, and his resignation from the Naval Reserve was accepted on 8 July 1953.

Ad Astra in March 1977 noted that Dr Murphy of Emerald, Victoria had been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen's New Year Honours List, ‘for services to community health’ .

Dr Murphy died, aged 76 years at Clematis, Victoria on 4 July 1981.

Sources: Ad Astra March 1977 p5; Geelong Collegians at the Second World War and Other Conflicts compiled by James Affleck p398 (citing The Pegasus; Australian War Memorial; National Archive).
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