Background : Son of Esther Murdoch.
Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. No previous military experience. At discharge : height 5 feet 7 inches, blue eyes, fair complexion, brown hair. Marital status : single. Marks / scars : scar under chin. Full time war service : A.I.F. 17/06/1940 to 15/02/1946 which included 771 days active service (130 days within Australia & 347 days overseas). Operational service : Middle East area (embarked from Australia 08/04/1941, disembarked in Australia 30/10/1942). Discharge certificate no. 492774.
17/06/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
19/06/1940 Transferred to No. 6 Australian Imperial Forces Depot from Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
20/09/1940 Transferred to 2/2 Pioneer Training Battalion from 3 Engineering Training Depot Hamilton, Victoria.
09/10/1940 Transferred to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria from 2/2 Pioneer Training Battalion Hamilton, Victoria.
09/10/1940 Posted from 2/2 Pioneer Training Battalion.
07/04/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.S. Queen Mary (H.M.T. N.N.).
12/04/1941 Evacuated to ship's hospital on H.M.S. Queen Mary (H.M.T. N.N.).
20/04/1941 Discharged to unit.
03/05/1941 Disembarked Middle East.
02/09/1941 Evacuated to 1 Australian Corps Rest Station.
09/09/1941 Discharged 1 Australian Corps Rest Station to unit.
09/09/1941 Rejoined unit from 1 Australian Corps Rest Station.