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Remembering WW1

Remembering WW1

Captain Murray Christie

 

Captain Murray Christie was the brother of Hugh Christie. Captain Christie fought bravely on the Western Front and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order by King George V .

Most of his service was in France and Flanders, but for a while he was in the Italian Expeditionary Force.  After returning to France in 1917 he  gained a commission in June as Second Lieutenant of the 6th Battalion Royal Fusiliers.

On 20th September, 1917 whilst fighting at Tower Hamlets Ridge,  part of the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge (20th-25th September), the leading battalion was held up in attack, so Christie led his company through them and captured the enemy position at a time when the success of the whole operation was endangered. Having captured the first objective he then led his men on to the second which they captured under substantial fire. His leadership and determination led to the successful securing of the main flank of the operation.

He was awarded the D.S.O for gallantry in action on 20th September, 1917 , mentioned in dispatches and recommended for promotion to Captain.

He died aged 29, on the 24th March 1918 of wounds sustained in battle.

 

The following documents are primary sources of evidence about Captain Murray’s war record. These have very kindly been donated by Mr John Southworth and his sister Mrs Anne Cryer, who are relatives of Murray and Hugh Christie.
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Lieutenant Murray Christie

The son of Hugh Christie, Murray (named after Captain Christie) was also a soldier and he fought in the Second World War.

He was part of the 9th (Home Counties) Parachute Battalion, B Company. Lieutenant Christie was in charge of 5 platoon within the Battalion. This Battalion was part of the 6th Airborne Division who were a vital factor behind the success on D-Day, 6th June, 1944.

One of the main tasks of the 6th Airborne Division was to capture the Bénouville and Ranville Bridges. Bénouville Bridge would later become more famously known as Pegasus Bridge. These strategically vital bridges, if held against counterattack, would not only prevent the Germans from moving decisively against the flank of the British and Canadian seaborne troops as they advanced inland, but they would also enable the Allies to advance eastwards.

Sadly during this operation Lieutenant Christie was killed.