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S/3848   Company Sergeant Major William Murdock
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Black Watch (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 11/02/1873
Died: 25/09/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 42
William Murdock was the eldest son of Richard and Bess Murdock. He was born on 11th February 1873 in Unagh, Lissan, Cookstown. He was one of eight children. His father was a gamekeeper. His mother was servant and cook. At the outbreak of the First World War William had already served twenty-one years in the British Army. He first saw action in South Africa at the time of the Jameson raid. In July 1914 he retired on a pension and went to live in Edinburgh. When war was declared he was called up. Company Sergeant Major William Murdock was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) when he was killed in action in Loos on Saturday 25th September 1915.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Loos Memorial
  Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas-de-Calais, 
Grave Ref: Panel 78-83
CWGC Casualty 1765435
Loos-en-Gohelle is a village 5 kilometres north-west of Lens, and Dud Corner Cemetery is located about 1 kilometre west of the village, to the north-east of the N943, the main Lens to Bethune road.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 1927 Cookstown
2 First Cookstown Presbyterian Roll Of Honour Cookstown
3 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 86
2 Cookstown Presbyterian Churches
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Murdock family 1901 census does not list William as living with the family at house 11 in Unagh, Lissan Lower. Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Murdock family 1911 census does not list William as living with the family at house 16 in Unagh, Lissan, Tyrone
3 Forum discussion (GWF) Brief mention of William Murdock
4 Loos Memorial & Panels Lists William Murdock on Panel 78
5 National Archives of Ireland Will of Richard Murdock, died 5th February 1917
6 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
7 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Private Charles Mulholland
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023