1. Memorial:Ford Park Cemetery (Formerly Plymouth Old Cemetery) (Pennycomequick)
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.130
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour1A GQS

Awards & Titles:

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: HMS Vivid 

Mike: HMS Vivid was the Navy barracks at Devonport. It was commissioned in 1890, and operated as a training unit until 1914. The base was renamed HMS Drake in 1934. A number of ships were renamed HMS Vivid whilst serving as depot ships for the base: HMS Vivid was the original depot ship between 1892 and 1912. HMS Cuckoo was HMS Vivid between 1912 and 1920,

Action : Natural Causes 

Natural causes is attributed those deaths due to causes that were not directly associated with the war. Included in this are wartime deaths resulting from, for example, theSpanish Influenza pandemic and its associated pneumonia problems and other attributions such as age and exhaustion. It also groups those who through Post Traumatic Stress committed suicide as a result of their experiences.

Detail :

British Medical Journal 13th September, 1916. "CASUALTIES IN THE MEDICAL SERVICES. ROYAL NAVY. Died on Service.
STAFF SURGEON J. KEOGH MURPHIY, R.N.V.R. Staff Surgeon James Keogh Murphy, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, died at Plymouth on September 13th, aged 47. He was the eldest son of the late Right Hon. Mr. Justice James Murphy, and was educated at Charterhouse, where lie was a senior scholar, and at Caius College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. with first class honours in the Natural Science Tripos in 1891. He entered as a student at St. Bartholomew's, taking the Lawrence Schlolarship and gold medal in 1895. He became M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P.Lond. in 1894, and F.R.C.S. in 1901. He graduated M.B. and B.C.Camb. in 1896, proceeding M.A. and M.C. in 1904. After acting as demonstrator of anatomy both at Cambridge and at St. Bartholomew's, and as house-physician at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, he became surgeon to the Miller General Hospital at Greenwich and to the Paddington Green Children's Hospital. He was general medical editor to the Oxford University Press and he edited with Mr. D'Arcy Power A System of Syphilis, in six volumes. He translated and edited Kirmisson's Handbook of Surgery of Children. He also edited the Practitioner's Encyclopaedia of Medicine and Surgery in 1912, second edition 1913, and was the author of Wounds of the Thorax in War (1915). He obtained a commission in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on September 25th, 1906. The funeral took place at Plymouth on September 16th, the first part of the service being conducted at the Royal Naval Hospital Church and the interment at the Plymouth cemetery. The pall-bearers were six R.N.R. officers."

The Western Morning News of 18th September, 1916 provides more detail: "FUNERAL AT PLYMOUTH. The funeral took place at Plymouth on Saturday with naval honours, of Staff-Surg. James Keogh Murphy, R.N.V.R., F.R.C.S., who for some time had served at the R.N. Hospital, Stonehouse, and who died there on Thursday. The first part of the service was held at the Hospital Chapel, Rev. J. Julian Smith (hospital chaplain) officiating. The hymn sung was, "When our heads are bowed with woe." Among the congregation were a large number of the hospital staff, the nurses, and convalescents. The mourners were the widow, Mr. Harold I. Murphy (brother), Mrs. Endean, Mr. John White, R. E. Sare (representing Messrs. Henry Frowde and Hodder and Stoughton, with whom deceased was associated for many years an editor of the Oxford Medical Publications), and Mrs. C.W. Goff. The interment took place at Plymouth Cemetery. A gun-carriage bearing the coffin, which was draped in the Union Jack, and on which were the deceased officer's hat and sword, was drawn by a party of bluejackets. Six officers of the R.N.V.R., acted as pall-bearers, and members of the hospital staff, carrying wreaths, followed. After the mourning coach was a funeral party from the R.N. Barracks, Devonport, in charge of Lieut.-Commander J.H. Allen, and then surgeons from the medical staff of the hospital and other officers. Among the latter were Surg.-Gen W.H. Norman, Surg.-Gne Turner, Deputy-Surg.-Gen. V.G. Thorpe, Deputy-Surg.-Gen W.W. Pryn, Maj. Blackman, R.M.L.I., and Mr. R. G. Fuller (head wardmaster). The floral tributes included beautiful wreaths from the medical officers' mess, the wardmasters, 1st stewards, 2nd stewards, attendants, probationers, the sick berth reserve, R.N. Hospital, and Mr. P McGuire, gunner, R.N. ("in remembrance of Staff-Surg K. Murpy, who saved my life"), and J.E. Williams."

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Isaac Newton University No. 859 E.C.Cambridgeshire
Joined : Royal Somerset House & Inverness No. 4 E.C. London
Joined : Caius No. 3355 E.C. London
Joined : Rahere No. 2546 E.C. London
Joined : Jubilee Masters No. 2712 E.C. London
Joined : Charterhouse Deo Dante Dedi No. 2885 E.C. London
Joined : Navy No. 2612 E.C. London

24th November 1891
2nd February 1892
1st March 1892

A prolific Freemason, becoming a member of many lodges:

Initiated into Isaac Newton University Lodge, No. 859, Cambridge in 1891, whilst a Student at the university at Caius College. He joined Rahere Lodge No. 2546 10th December 1896. He became a founding member of the Charterhouse Deo Danti Dedi Lodge No. 2885 at its consecration 1th November 1901; resigning 19th May 1916. There is a record that he joined Jubilee Masters Lodge No. 2712, 16th June 1905, but the contribution column shows "Did not Join" and then arrears over the course of 4 years? He joined Navy Lodge No. 2612 on the 15th March, 1907. He was recorded here as a Surgeon, resident at 15 Pembridge Crescent, West London. He was a founder member of Caius Lodge No. 3355 becoming the primus Senior Warden at its consecration, 18th January 1909; he resigned from the Lodge 1 years noted war service (April 1915).

He was a Past Grand Deacon.

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