Footballers fall silent for brothers who went to war
The minute’s silence before the match between Queen’s Park and Arbroath was especially poignant yesterday after the clubs discovered brothers in arms had played for each side.
Arthur and Herbert Murray were players for the relevant sides before they enlisted to fight in the First World War.
Older brother Arthur was captured in March 1918.
However, Herbert died in the Second Battle of the Marne on July 20, 1918.
Queen’s Park have carried out research into the sacrifice made by their players, committee and members during the Great War and have pieced together details of 33 men who never came home as well as the 193 who served and survived.
That research found Arthur joined Queen’s Park in 1906.
Herbert played for Aberdeen before heading to Arbroath in 1904 and then joining up with his brother at Queen’s Park in 1910. He joined the Gordon Highlanders in 1915.
Herbert was awarded the Military Cross for bravery during the Spring Offensive of 1918 and held the rank of Captain when he was killed at the age of 32.
A Queen’s Park spokesperson said: “The Murrays are but two of the very many fine men who have worn the jerseys of Arbroath and Queen’s Park over the years.”
Fallen Herbert Murray