Desert Rat Ray Murdock dies

Ray Murduck.
Ray Murduck.

Stanley Raymond Murduck, who worked on the staff at Benjamin Whiteley & Sons Ltd, Elland for 47 years, has died at home aged 94.

In April 1939, after being told that he was in a reserved occupation and therefore not be called up for service in World War II, he went to Arden Road, Halifax and joined the Territorial Army Field Regiment, Royal Artillery.

With thousands of other volunteers he was called up on the first day of the war.

He was transferred to the 69th Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery, who went to France and were evacuated through Dunkirk in 1940.

Later, as part of the British 8th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats) he saw service in North Africa at El Alamein, in Italy at the Battle of Monte Cassino and was attached to the American 5th Army for the landing at Salerno.

He then volunteered for the 1st Battalion Parachute Brigade (Paratroops) and saw further action in Italy, Greece and Southern France.

Ray was a life-long member of St Mary’s Parish Church, Elland and Trustee of Elland Friendly Society.

His hobbies included crown green bowling and beer and wine brewing.

He leaves his wife, Jessie, daughters Val and Joyce and grandaughters Helen and Lesley.

His funeral will take place on Tuesday, July 29 at 2.15pm at St Mary’s Parish Church, Elland.

Family flowers only please.