Private Harry Gray

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

10 Jan 1915

Media files and documents

War time / or Pre War occupation

Gunner, General Labourer

Service Number

9858, 3/7398

Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

2 Beech Road
United Kingdom

Place of Death

Military Hospital
United Kingdom

Grave Location

Plot Y.C.37
Crawley Green Road
United Kingdom

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier

Harry Gray was the eldest son of Walter & Ellen. He was born in Luton in 1885.

Aged 18 years, he joined the Royal Regiment of Artillery, Royal Garrison Artillery on 3rd December 1901 as Gunner 9858. On his service record he is described as having a sallow complexion, hazel eyes & black hair & he has a tattoo of spots & cross on his right forearm. He also has 2 scars above his left buttock.

In October 1902 he was sent to a Garrison Fort in Malta, where he served there until 20th January 1908, when he returned home & was posted to the reserves, until he was discharged in December 1913 after serving 12 years with the colours.

In the 1911 census he is 26 years old, living at 2 Beech Road & working as a general labourer. All of his family are working too, his father Walter 50, is a Pedlar & mother Ellen 55, is a straw hat machinist working at home. Brother Albert 23, is a core maker at the iron foundry, sisters Elizabeth 20 & 18 year old Lily are packers at the gelatine works, brother Nathan 16, is a house painter's assistant & 12 year old schoolboy Walter is working as a newsboy.

On 15th December 1913 Harry was re-enlisted into the 3rd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment Special Reserve. When war broke out he formed part of the 4th (Special Reserve) Battalion, which was based at Bedford then moved to Felixstowe to provide home defence around Harwich as well as drafts for the front line battalions. In October 1914 Harry was wounded in the head whilst serving at the front & was sent home, where on the 10th January 1915 he died in the Military Hospital in Edinburgh.

He was brought home to Luton & his military funeral, held on 15th January, was reported in the Luton News.

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Author: KarenC

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