Gray, Gerald Montague

Gerald Montague Gray

Gerald Montague Gray

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Regiment: 3rd, attd 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment

Parents: Councillor Dr & Mrs Gray

Address: 33 Wellington Square, Hastings

Other Info: …killed in action on 7th October 1916. He was the son of Councillor Dr Gray, J.P. and educated at Hurst Court College and ??borough College, where he played football for the college and was a corporal in the O.T.C. He left on his 19th year to take up his commission. On August 19th he was wounded and as bombing officer had several miraculous escapes. His ?? announcing his death, writes “It is with deepest regret that I have to inform you of your sons death in action on 7th this inst. He fell whilst leading his men in a gallant attempt to capture a German position. Since first joining the battalion he has always displayed the most ?? qualities and his loss is deeply ?? in all ranks. All ranks in the battalion are with me in offering you and yours our heartfelt sympathy in your irreparable loss”. Mr G M Gray had been destined for the Bar, for which he had shown a special predilection. Last November, Dr Gray’s eldest son was seriously wounded. The young man was six feet two inches in height which was rather against him as a junior officer.

According to CWGC, Gerald died aged 20 is remembered at the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 11c.

Published: November 1916

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Hatch, George E

George E Hatch

George E Hatch

Rank: Corporal

Regiment: Royal West Kent Regiment

Other Info: New article reads: In the Observer last Saturday it was reported that PC Hatch, who had been injured whilst fighting at the Front, had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for meritorious service. Hatch, who is now at the St John Hospital in Holmesdale Gardens, Hastings, received his injury whilst engaged in bringing in the wounded. Whilst endeavouring to take hold of a wounded man, he raised himself slightly, and was shot through the leg. In his trouser pocket he was carrying a small old fashioned Bible which he had picked up in the trenches, and a tobacco box. The bullet went clean through all of the pages of the Bible, and also through the tobacco box. It may be that the presence of these things in Hatch’s pocket slightly affected the course of the bullet, with the result that the bone was luckily not touched. Our picture shows the gallant constable, and the Bible and the tobacco box with the holes caused by the bullet.

George’s DCM citation states the award was made “For For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was in charge of stretcherbearers, and, when it was considered impossible for the stretcher-bearers to go out owing to the intensity of the fire, he went out by himself and worked with the utmost coolness for about seven hours until wounded. He was seen to carry back at least 50 wounded men.”

Additional name info from the Lives of the First World War website.

Published: October 1916

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Christmas, Frank Barnes

ChristmasFrank Barnes ChristmasFrank Barnes Christmas

Rank: Trooper

Regiment: West Kent Yeomanry

Parents: Mr George & Mrs Emily Christmas

Brother: Percy G Christmas

Address: 43 Lennox Street, Halton, Hastings

Other Info: According to CWGC, Frank died aged 20 on 12th October 1917. He was a Corporal in the Royal West Kent Regiment at the time. Frank is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial, on Panel 106 to 108.

Published: January 1916 & February 1916

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Hankins, Albert John

Hankins

Albert John Hankins

Rank: Private

Regiment: 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment

Parents: Mr George & Mrs Mary Hankins

Brother: James Joseph Frederick Hankins

Sister: Miss Hankins

Sister’s Address: 122 Braybrook Road, Hastings

Other Info: According to CWGC, Albert died aged 26th September 1915. He is remembered at Loos Memorial on Panel 95 to 97.

Published: October 1915

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Southon, Charles Edward

Charles Edward SouthonCharles Edward Southon

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal West Kent Regiment

Brother: Mr G Southon

Brother’s Address: 80 Norman Road, St Leonards

Other Info: Additional rank information from the Lives of the First World War website.

Published: September 1915

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