For a man with DSO and bar, he is difficult to fathom. Born Dublin, Birth Cert would give parents. Presumably in Ireland in 1891 census as not in England. He was in South Africa in 1901 census, and nowhere to be found in 1911. I assume that he was living around Manchester to have joined Manchester Militia in 1900. No trees on Ancestry. He appears to changed his name to "Ross Murphy", and died as Joseph Leo James Ross Murphy. The DSO book has no details other than his 2 DSOs
Given his seniority, he must have been hired to be a DI1, and for whatever reason it did not work out, and he left after the interview.
1882 Oct/Dec Born Dublin.
1900 Sep 21. Militia. 5th Battalion, the Manchester Regiment, Joseph Leo Murphy, Gent., to be Second Lieutenant.
Lieut. Murphy, J. L. appears in two Queens South Africa Medal Rolls. 5th Bn. Manchester Regiment. Note: "serving with 1st Bn. Manch. Rgt" entitled to Q.S.A. with clasps South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902. Not entitled to the K.S.A. On a second roll for 1st Bn. Manchester Regiment. Lieut. Murphy, J.L. entitled to clasps Orange Free State, Transvaal, and Natal. There is a note that the O.F.S. clasp was added to the roll 13.8.04, and in the 'Remarks' column is a note "2 clasps issued 23.8.04."
1901 Feb 27. Militia. 5th Battalion, the Manchester Regiment. Second Lieutenant J. L. Murphy to be Lieutenant. .
1901 Feb 15. Seconded for service with line battalions in South Africa. 5th Battalion, the Manchester Regiment, Lieutenant J. L. Murphy.
1904 Apr 2. The undermentioned Supernumerary Lieutenants to be Lieutenants:— J. L. Murphy.
1905 Feb 8. Militia. 5th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, Lieutenant J. L. Murphy to be Captain.
1911 Married in Dublin , probably to Edith I M Loraine/Edith I M Rayner. Their son appears to have been born in Londonderry as Michael George Terence Murphy in 1913
1915 Jan 11. Lands in France
1917 Aug 26. Manch. R.—Capt. J..L. Murphy to be Maj.
1918 Sep 15. Major Murphy joined 2nd Manchesters and assumed command on 8/10/18.
1919 Feb 15 DSO Gazetted. Citation on Jul 29 Gazetted . Maj. Joseph Leo Murphy, Manch. R. (Spec Res.), attd. 2nd Bn. After the battalion had attacked and broken through the Fonsomme and Beaurevoir Line on October 1st, 1918, he was in command of the right wing which was entirely in heavy shell and direct machine-gun fire during the bridging of the River Lys, south of Oyghem. In spite of many casualties, he successfully handled his company and ferried and later bridged the river, enabling the attacking infantry to cross it exactly to time. He conducted the whole operation in the most cool and masterly manner.
1918 Nov 16. Set off for Home with Colours arriving 1/12/18.
1919 Apr 2. Gazetted bar to DSO. Maj. Joseph Leo Murphy, D.S.O., Manch. R., Spec. Res., attd. 2nd Bn.. Citation 9 Dec 1919. (D.S.O. gazetted 1st January, 1919.).
He handled his battalion with the greatest
dash and ability in the forcing of the passage
of the Oise-Sambre Canal near Ors on the
4th November, 1918. In spite of heavy
artillery, rifle and and machine-gun fire he
got his battalion across the canal and continued
to drive back the enemy, capturing a
field battery of 5.9 guns and many prisoners
and machine guns.
1920 Aug 10.Joined ADRIC with service no 186.
1920 Aug 13. "Resigned , pay to 13 Aug 1920"
1932 Jul 22. Militia. Manch. R.—Maj. J. L. Murphy, D.S.O., relinquishes his commn. and retains the rank of Maj.
1937. Enid I Ross-Murphy died Denbighshireage 63
1940 He has changed his name to Ross-Murphy
1948 Oct/Dec. Died Holywell, Flintshire age 66 ( proximity to Llandudno on MIC, and details below)
The Joseph Leo Murphy who died 26.11.1948 in Flintshire was born about 1882. In the probate record his full name was given as Joseph Leo James Ross MURPHY, and his address was Pentreffynnon Hall, Whitford, Flintshire. Probate was granted on 6.1.1949 to Terence Ross Murphy, furniture buyer. Effects £3153 13s 8d.