Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

Henry Isaac Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: Henry Isaac
Other people in this story:
Samuel Gray
Sarah Ann Gray née Oxford
Elizabeth Gray née Cotton
Locations in this story:
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset
The Cross Keys Inn, Devizes, Wiltshire
Salonika, Greece
Coombe Lodge, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Wilton, Salisbury, Wiltshire
St. Martin's Church, Salisbury, Wiltshire
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Queen's Head, The Embankment, Twickenham, Middlesex

Henry Isaac Gray was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 19th November 1886 and baptised at St. James' Church on 12th December 1886, the son of Samuel Gray and Sarah Ann Gray (née Oxford).  He lived with his family on Gold Hill, Shaftesbury for most of his early life until his marriage to Elizabeth Cotton at St. Martin's Church, Salisbury, on 23rd October 1907.  They went on to have four children.  By 1911 Henry was living at the Cross Keys Inn, Devizes, Wiltshire.   He enlisted on 19th November 1915 and was immediately placed on reserve and not mobilized until 27th April 1917 when he joined the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. M/316796).  He served in Salonika as a lorry driver from 15 July 1917.  He was discharged on 27th March 1919 being 'no longer physically fit for service' due to malaria.   He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  The 1921 Census shows him living at the Queen's Head, The Embankment, Twickenham, Middlesex, as a the Licensee. By the 1939 Register he had moved to Coombe Lodge, Salisbury Road, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire.  He died in Wilton, Wiltshire on 25th May 1982 and was buried in Holy Trinity Churchyard, Shaftesbury, aged 95 years.


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