• If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • You already know Dokkio is an AI-powered assistant to organize & manage your digital files & messages. Very soon, Dokkio will support Outlook as well as One Drive. Check it out today!


Murphy William J

Page history last edited by Rachel Collishaw 11 years, 9 months ago

By Student Chancelle Mulela 

Flight Lieutenant William Joseph Bernard Murphy
467 Sqdn (RCAF), Royal Canadian Air Force
16th July 1944, aged 27
Lignieres-de-Touraine Communal Cemetery
Indre-et-Loire, France

Bill was the son of John Murphy, who was born in Kingsmere, and his wife Elizabeth Charlotte Joyce. Bill was born June 27, 1917 in Ottawa and educated in Ottawa schools, but he and his three brothers and four sisters spent every summer up in Old Chelsea at their family summer home on the Scott Road near the corner of Padden Road. Bill and his brothers were very active in the ball teams so popular in those days. His brothers Rupert and Clarence also served in the war, Rupert in the air force and Clarence in the army.

Bill was a pilot serving with an Australian squadron when he was lost in an action in a night raid over the Loire Valley region of France. When he was reported lost it was Stephen Dunn, a young boy at the time working at Donovan's Store (now the épicerie Générale du Parc, known as the Parkway Store), who received the call at the store. Because not many people had phones in those days, Steve had to go to the Murphy home to tell them to telephone the war office about William. (Steve Dunn now lives in Wrightville, part of the city of Gatineau.) William is buried in the Lignieres-de-Touraine Communal Cemetery, Indre-et-Loire, where there are 15 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.


Cemetery Details







Location Information:

Lignieres-de-Touraine is a village 22 kilometres south west of Tours and about 3 kilometres south of the village of Langeais. The Cemetery is situated south of the village on the road to Azay-le-Rideau and about 300 metres south-east of the church. The graves are west of the main entrance.

Historical Information:

There are 15 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-45 war here.

No. of Identified Casualties:



 MURPHY , WILLIAM JOSEPH BERNARD Flight LieutenantJ/2893516/07/1944 Royal Canadian Air ForceCanadianRow B. Grave 4.LIGNIERES-DE-TOURAINE COMMUNAL CEMETERY


Comments (0)

You don't have permission to comment on this page.