Ashmore Pond

Gordon James Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: Gordon James
Other people in this story:
Charles Gray
Elizabeth Ann Gray (née Taylor)
Bessie Gray née Weeks
Winifred May Gray née Weeks
Herbert Charles Gray
Locations in this story:
Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Tisbury, Wiltshire
Long Langton, Dorset
Dewlish Mill, Puddletown, Dorset
Farnham, Dorset

Gordon James Gray was born in Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 13th March 1895 and baptised there on 5th May 1895, the son of Charles Gray and Elizabeth Ann Gray (née Taylor).  He lived his early life with his family in Ashmore.  He enlisted with the 1st Battalion of the Coldstream Guards as a Private (Service No. 10310).  He served in France and Flanders and whilst there he was taken prisoner and spent his time in a POW Camp in Germany.  On his release and discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star.  He married Bessie Weeks in the Tisbury, Wiltshire, Registry area in early 1922 but she died within weeks of the marriage and was buried at Farnham, Dorset, on 8th March 1922.  He went on to re-marry Winifred May Weeks in Long Langton, Dorset, on 18th February 1930.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Dewlish Mill, Puddletown, Dorset, and was described as a Gamekeeper whilst also acting as an ARP Warden. He died in Dewlish Mill in 1970 and was buried there on 16th November 1970.

Gordon's brother Herbert Charles (b.1899) also served in the war, with the Machine Gun Corps.


Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
Herbert Charles Gray