Murdoch of the 'Titanic' :
Donations to the Murdoch Memorial Prize Fund
Lieutenant William McMaster Murdoch
On the night of the 14/15th April 1912, Lieutenant William McMaster Murdoch, Royal Naval Reserve, was First Officer on the R.M.S. 'Titanic'. The ship sank with the loss of around 1,507 lives, including that of William Murdoch himself.
The career and last hours of this courageous officer are given elsewhere on this website. He died saving others' lives at no thought of his own.
In the August of 1912, the Town Council of Dalbeattie erected a granite and bronze memorial to Lieutenant Murdoch on the outside of the Town Hall. The money was paid for by public subscription, with many of the donations coming from townspeople themselves.
A Murdoch Memorial Prize Fund was established at the same time, to provide a prize of £ 4 in perpetuity to the best scholar aged 14 at Dalbeattie High School (the Junior Dux). This was in memory of Murdoch's brilliant school career, as an encouragement to others. Sadly, inflation has eroded the value of the Prize, so it has been decided to re-open the fund to take donations. This will allow the Prize Trustees to fund an annual medal and offer a more substantial Prize to the School.
The Murdoch Memorial Prize is administered by the Board of Governors of the Stewartry Educational Trust, which is one of a number of educational endowments administered by Dumfries and Galloway Council.
This website was written to state the truth about Lieutenant William McMaster Murdoc, RNR. Information and editorial assistance came from the maritime historian, Mr. Ernest Robinson, and Samuel Scott Murdoch, the nephew of the First Officer of the RMS 'Titanic'.
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