|Date Joined:||14 August 1914 Mercantile Marine||Date Discharged:||14 December 1918|
Murdoch Ross was from a seafaring family; his father, John Ross, served in cable laying ships in the East and then worked as a carpenter at ship yards in Scotland.
Murdoch Ross signed on to the RMS Tahiti in 1911 travelling from Glasgow to Sydney. He remained with the ship, signing on with the Union Steamship Co. of New Zealand and making multiple voyages on the vessel’s Sydney to San Francisco route. At the outbreak of war in 1914, Tahiti was requisitioned as a troopship. Ross served on board until 1917, making eight voyages including being part of the convoy transporting the First Detachment of Australian and NZ Imperial Expeditionary Forces in November 1914. From 1917-1918 he was stationed at Port Chalmers dry dock, refitting and repairing troopships, and then, after the war, converting them back to passenger/cargo ships.
In the Second World War Murdoch Ross worked for the Labour Department organising the supply of labour for the wartime domestic economy. After the war he reached the position of Auckland District Commissioner of the NZ Labour Department. Ross died in Auckland in October 1976.
Father of Rear Admiral John O’Connell Ross [see 1305]
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