A Collection of Medals to Second World War Casualties
Date of Auction: 18th July 2018
Sold for £90
Estimate: £80 - £120
1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star; War Medal 1939-45, with named Minister of Transport enclosure, in card box of issue, addressed to ‘Mr. P. Murphy, 69 Lowerhouse Lane, Widnes, Lancs.’, nearly extremely fine (4) £80-120
FootnoteProvenance: Eric Smith Collection, Dix Noonan Webb, November 2009.
Thomas Murphy served during the Second World War as a Second Radio Officer in the 5,249 ton cargo ship S.S. Empire Progress, which was hit by a torpedo from the German submarine U-402, under the command of Baron Siegfried von Forstner, and sank 200 miles north west of the Azores, whilst bound from Glasgow to Tampa, Florida. The Captain, seven crew, and four gunners were lost.
Murphy was amongst those killed, aged 20. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial. His medals were sent to his father Major Peter Murphy.