Gray, George Godfrey

George Godfrey Gray

George Godfrey Gray

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Regiment: 5th Battalion, Oxford and Buck Light Infantry

Parents: Councillor Dr George C & Mrs Gray

Brothers: Gerald Montague Gray & J R Gray

Address: 33 Wellington Square, Hastings

Other Info: Second Lieutenant George G Grey, 5th Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, recently killed in action in France was the eldest son of Councillor Dr George C Gray and Mrs Gray. He was born 25th February 1895, and was educated at Hurst Court College and Tonbridge School, where he was Lance Corporal in the O.T.C. He joined the University and Public School Corps at the commencement of the War and was given a commission 22nd December 1914. He went to France 2nd October 1915 and was seriously wounded near Ypres 22nd November 1915, being shot through the left hand and thigh.

Though still slightly lame and crippled in his hand, he returned to France 9th February 1917 and was killed in the advance near Arras on 9th April 1917. On 11th instant, about 6:30pm, Dr Gray received a telegram from the War Office – “Deeply regret to inform you 2nd Lieutenant G G Gray, Oxford  and Bucks Light Infantry, died of gunshot wounds, abdomen, April 11th at 43 Casuaty Clearing Station, France. The Army Council express their sympathy.”

On the 11th instant, the officer in command wrote “It is my sad duty to inform you your son was killed in action on the 9th, gallantly leading his platoon in the attack on German trenches. It may be comfort to you to know he was killed instantaneously and did not suffer at all. Although I had only taken over command of the battalion a week before it was easy to see he was much liked by his brother officers, and his loss will be much felt by all who knew him. All the officers and men join with me in offering our sincere condolences on your great loss”.

A portrait and notice of the death in action of Dr Gray’s second son, 2nd Lieutenant G M Gray, Royal West Kents, “whilst leading his men in a gallant attempt to capture a German position” on 7th October 1916 appeared in our issue of 9th November 1916. Dr Gray’s youngest and only surviving son, 2nd Lieutenant J R Gray, The Rifle Brigade, left for France on the morning following the receipt of the sad news of his brother’s death.

According to CWGC, George is remembered at Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, grave reference VIII.B.4.

Published: April 1917

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