The Rifles & RGBW Regimental Association

The Death of Byron Murphy(Spud) Glosters & 1 Wessex


Those who served in The Gloucestershire Regiment and 1 WESSEX will wish to be aware of the recent death of Mr Byron James Murphy (Spud), aged 92.

He was born at Speedwell Bristol on 3rdOctober 1925. Later he became inspired by visits to the local cinema where he saw newsreels of the Glosters in India. Attempts to enlist were thwarted on grounds of age and initially had to settle for an anti-aircraft battery as a member of Bristol’s Home Guard. At 19 years old he was released from his reserve occupation at Pecketts Iron Foundry and joined the Glosters for basic training. He subsequently travelled to India where he was told he was joining the Indian Army Clerical Corps; he refused. Instead, the Dorsetshire Regiment beckoned along with service in occupied Japan.

His dream of serving his county regiment was achieved after travelling to Jamaica. Moves with 1 GLOSTERS to Colchester and Korea followed. By April 1951 he was a Sergeant, controlling and manning Vickers MGs. He was Mentioned in Despatches but captivity followed the Battle of the Imjin River. After his release and return to England he became a postman. Major Sam Weller was amongst those that persuaded him to re-join. Beginning again as a Private soldier his second time with 1 GLOSTERS will be familiar to many and included tours in Cyprus, Swaziland and Berlin plus exercises in USA. He was promoted to WOII in 1964. His last years of service were spent with 1 WESSEX.

Mr Byron James Murphy was married to Kathleen Violet Mary Murphy; Katie died in 2008. He is survived by their son Byron who lives in Singapore. Those wishing to contact Mr Byron Murphy may contact him via e-mail or mobile – byronjmurphy@gmail || 07572 484558.The funeral of Mr Byron James Murphy (Spud) will take place on Tuesday 7thAugust at 1030 am at Weston-super-Mare Crematorium, Ebdon Road, Worle, Weston-super-Mare, BS22 9NY. All are welcome including Standard Bearers. Refreshments will be available afterwards at Mr Murphy’s home in Banwell.

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