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IN tribute to Oliver Michael Gerald Murphy (VR, January 24, 2015, vol 176, p 105), Alfred Tumwine Martin and David Weaver write: Oliver Murphy was born in Finglas, County Dublin, in 1921 as the second son of Paul Aloysius Murphy, professor of plant pathology in Dublin, and Bridget O'Sullivan. He was educated at St Gerard's School in Bray, County Wicklow, and then at the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich. He was called up in 1939, commissioned and then joined the Royal Artillery in France.
At the Dunkirk evacuation he woke on the sand dunes to discover that his platoon had disappeared overnight so alone he swam out in the morning light, climbed on a merchant vessel, was transferred to a Royal Navy destroyer and made a safe return to England. He was next involved with the …