Frederick James Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: Frederick James
Other people in this story:
William Gray
Jane Gray
Elizabeth Anne Haskett
Locations in this story:
Semley, Wiltshire
Farringdon, Berkshire
Salisbury, Wiltshire
The Rhine, Germany

Story:
Frederick James Gray was born in Semley, Wiltshire, on 19 Jul 1888 and baptised there on 16 Sep 1888 the son of William and Jane Gray.  His early life is firmly recorded in the Semley Workhouse until the 1911 Census when he is shown as working as a Gardener at Buscot House, Farringdon, Berkshire.  By 1913 he had moved to Salisbury, Wiltshire, and married Elizabeth Anne Haskett on 29 Jul 1913 at St. Osmonds Church, Salisbury.  They appear to have had only one child.   Frederick enlisted on 6 Dec 1915 but was not embodied until 29 May 1916 and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 91304).  He served with various units in France including the 185th Siege Battery and ending his service at the Rhine Army Control Camp, Germany.  He was finally demobilized on 4 Oct 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  By the 1939 Register he was living at 26 Mitford Street, Salisbury, and described as a Restaurant Proprietor.  He died in Salisbury on 6 Oct 1944.

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