This site deeply regrets the word that has only just reached us concerning the death of Ian S. Murray. He crossed the bar on the morning of the 21st of March 2013 with his wife Jill and daughter Isla by his side. He will be sorely missed particularly within the ranks of the RMR with whom he served for so long and so well. He joined the HMS Camperdown detachment in Dundee in August 1965, winning the Commando Medal on his completion of recruit training. This was surely an indication of the pending worth and depth of the man and this has been borne out since, by his many years of duty and diligence in his service to the Corps. Work and family commitments meant that RMR Merseyside was the beneficiary of the big man’s experience and expertise, when he transferred to that unit as a WO2 in 1985, while settling into family life in the village of Sandbach, Cheshire. He was commissioned the following year and continued as an active member of that unit until his retirement in 2001. Steadfast as always he then took up a commission with the Army Cadet Force as Shooting Officer and once again the big man was back in his element on some range or another passing on his hard earned skills and expertise to the youth of Cheshire. He was a great raconteur and had a large portfolio to fall back on, although unlike some, they were his stories to tell, garnered from his long, comprehensive and varied service within the Corps and elsewhere. He will indeed be sorely missed, by none more so, than his immediate family and close circle of friends of whom there are no doubt many. This site would like to take this opportunity to add ourselves to that long list and to extend our condolences to Jill, Isla and son Richard. Rest easy Royal. WW.
Update 13/02 2013 from Spean Bridge.
Ian’s extended family congregated at a glorious weekend weather wise in August at the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge in Lochaber were they scattered some of Ian’s ashes in the Garden of Remembrance there. We are happy to share this significant event following the passing of Major Murray with the wider Royal Marine Family and I am sure that you will all join with me as we wish his immediate family and friends, many of whom are shown here, best wishes and good fortune for the foreseeable future. It is a fitting and proper place to mark the passing of this much missed commando soldier. Special thanks to Jill for supplying these photographs with the accompanying details. WW.
The photo of the 3 of us is obviously Richard, Isla and I.
The other group shot is as follows;
Left to right, The Freeland family- Scott Ians son-in-law. Eilidh and Caitlin Ians Grand-daughters and his eldest Daughter Pamela. Richard. Mark, Ians Nephew and his family Jane, Mya and Luke. Ashley, Ians Niece and her partner Richard. Ians Brother Alan, whose partner Maggie is hiding! and of course myself and Isla on the end.
I hope all is well with you and yours.
We are happy to update you on news we received from the family of our ex comrade in arms, Ian Murray. As the Big Man was heavily involved with the Cadet Forces after leaving the Marines, it is only apt and fitting that a memorial should carry on in his name by way of the Major Ian Murray [memorial] Trophy which was presented by members of Ian’s family at the Cadet Skill At Arms meeting earlier in the year. Lock and load Royal. WW.