Other names: Richard
Locations in this story: Twyford, Shaftesbury, DorsetIwerne Minster, Shaftesbury, DorsetTarrant Keynston, DorsetDorchester, DorsetFrance & FlandersWareham, Dorset
Story: Richard Gray was born at Twyford, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 21 Jul 1889 the son of Harry Gray and Lavinia Annie Gray (nee Wareham). He lived most of his early life in Watery Lane, Iwerne Minster, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He married Florence Eva Wellen at Tarrant Keynston, Dorset, on 18 Oct 1911. He had enlisted with the Army Service Corps as a Driver (Service No. T2/10513) based with the 2nd Depot Company. He served in France and Flanders from 9 Nov 1914 and on his discharge on 12 Apr 1919 was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. He had also been awarded a small pension due to contracting Myalgia (a muscle complaint) whilst serving in the field. The 1921 Census shows him living at 104 East Morden, Wareham, Dorset, working as a General Farm Labourer. By the time of the 1939 Register he had moved to 2 New Buildings, Dorchester, Dorset, described as a Farm Worker and Shepherd. His date of death is unknown. His brothers, Benjamin Frank Gray, Ernest Arthur Gray, John Gray and Harry George Gray, all served during the conflict.