Other names: Archibald Ernest Frederick
Locations in this story: East Knoyle, WiltshireWarminster, WiltshireAlderbury, WiltshireSalisbury, Wiltshire
Story: Archibald Ernest Frederick Gray was born in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, on 4 Jul 1888 the son of John Gray, a Blacksmith, and Harriett Gray (nee Matthews). He lived all his early life in East Knoyle until by 1915, following his marriage to Elina Matilda Tanswell at East Knoyle on 14 Aug 1915, moved to West Street, Warminster, Wiltshire. He enlisted on 11 Dec 1915 and was initially placed on reserve with the East Surrey Regiment as a Private (Service No. 26027). However on his embodiment on 3 Jun1916 he was transferred to the Devonshire Regiment (Service No. 29264) and yet again on 14 Jul 1916 to the Royal Berkshire Regiment where, on 11 Aug 1916, he was discharged as being unlikely to become an efficient soldier. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 'Wayside', Southampton Road, Alderbury, Wiltshire, working as a Bricklayer. His death was recorded at the Salisbury, Wiltshire, Registry in Mar 1968. His brothers, Bertie William Gray and Reginald Sidney Gray, also served in the conflict.