Semley War Memorial 01

Ernest William Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: Ernest William
Other people in this story:
William Gray
Mary Jane Gray née Rogers
Locations in this story:
Semley, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Arras Memorial, Arras, Pas de Calais, France
Old Workhouse, Semley, Wiltshire

Ernest William Gray was born in Semley, Wiltshire, 1891 and baptised there on 20th September, 1891. He was the son of William Gray and Mary Jane Gray (née Rogers). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Farm Labourer and living at the Old Workhouse, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Shaftesbury as a Private and joined the 6th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 19525). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 12th April 1917 and his name appears on the Arras Memorial, Arras, Pas de Calais, France (Bay 6). He is remembered on the Semley War Memorial in St. Leonard's churchyard, and on the Roll of Honour inside the church. His name was included on the Baptist Chapel plaque, now also in the church.

Ernest's brother Frederick James (b.1888) also served in the war, with the Royal Garrison Artillery.

  • Semley Baptist Chapel Plaque
  • Semley War Memorial 3
  • Semley War Memorial 2
  • Semley War Memorial 03

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
Frederick James Gray