Other names: Robert
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetIrelandGallipoli, Turkey
Story: Robert Gray was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1868 and baptised at St. James Church on 26 Jul 1868 the son of George Gray and Hannah Elizabeth Gray (nee Wright). (A previous child called Robert had been born in Jan 1867 but had not survived.) Robert married Alice Louisa Brickell at St. James Church on14 Jul 1888 and they went on to have eleven children, one of whom, Frederick Percival Gray (b. 1896), was killed at Gallipoli on 21 Aug 1915. Robert had had previous experience with the Dorset Yeomanry. He enlisted on 18 Apr 1918 but was not mobilized until 6 Sep 1918 when he joined the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 54998). He was transferred to the 1st Garrison Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment from 5 Dec 1918 until his discharge on 24 Jan 1919. (Service No. 69393). He had served in Ireland and there are no records of any medals being awarded. By the time of the 1939 Register, Robert was living as a widower at 5 Victoria Street, Shaftesbury, described as a Retired Builder's Labourer. He died locally in 1946.