Private Thomas Murphy served in the 1st Battalion Airborne Division, Royal Ulster Rifles during World War Two.
Known as Tommy to his family, he was born on 3rd August 1913 at 7 Cinnamond Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim. Cinnamond Street was in the Pound Loney area of the city. He was the son of John Murphy and Margaret Anne Murphy (née Carney). His mother died in 1916 aged 44 years old from illnesses related to tuberculosis.
Thomas Murphy had ten siblings; Eileen (Nellie), Charles (Charlie), John, William (Willie), Sarah (Sally), Robert (Robins), Kathleen, Edward (Eddie), Joseph, Margaret (Peggy). John, Kathleen, and Joseph died in infancy.
Thomas Murphy at War
He was the husband of Bridget Murphy (née Wilson). The couple had a daughter named Mary Murphy. He served in India with the Royal Ulster Rifles. After the war, he worked in construction and was a keen follower of many sports.
Thomas Murphy died on 11th February 1996 aged 82 years old. His grave is in Milltown Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim.