Murray, Alastair John Greville

Only son of Major Alastair and Mary Murray of Polmaise Castle, Stirling. He entered Winchester from Locker’s Park, Hemel Hempstead and became a House Prefect and played in Commoner XV.

He passed into Sandhurst in 1913 and obtained a commission in 1st Battalion, Cameron Highlanders the following year. The 1st Camerons departed for France on 13th August 1914 where Murray’s D Company was allocated escort duties for senior officers, in this case, General Sir Douglas Haig.

On 11th September they rejoined their Battalion. Murray was killed in action, during the Battle of the Aisne, on 14th September 1914. D Company were given the objective of taking the sugar factory between Troyon and Cerny and in the following fierce fighting Murray lost his life.

The family home at Polmaise was demolished after the death of Murray’s mother in the 1950s and there is little trace of the family now remaining.   Even the plaque from the memorial in the cemetery was stolen.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Murray
  • Forenames or initials: Alastair John Greville
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1908-1912
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
  • Date of Birth: 22nd July 1894
  • Date of Death: 14th September 1914
  • How Died: Missing, presumed dead
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown, but commemorated on the LA FERTE SOUS JOARRE MEMORIAL