BC workhouse edit

Sidney Frederick Gray

Surname: Gray
Other names: Sidney Frederick
Other people in this story:
Thomas John Gray
Elizabeth Gray née Gumbleton
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Shaftesbury Workhouse, Breach Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Gallipoli, Turkey
Helles Memorial, Turkey
Portland Place, London

Sidney Frederick Gray was born in 1892 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised at St. James' Church, Shaftesbury on 25th December 1892.  He was the son of Thomas John Gray, a Carter, and Elizabeth Gray née Gumbleton.   Sidney's father had died in 1900 and by 1901 the family were living in the Shaftesbury Workhouse in Breach Lane. Elizabeth was described as a “Washerwoman and Inmate of the Workhouse”.   By 1911 Sidney was single and working as a House Servant in Portland Place in London whilst his mother was still in the workhouse. He enlisted in Salisbury as a Private with the 5th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 10661). He served in Mesopotamia and was awarded the Victory, British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.   He died at Gallipoli, Turkey, on 27th August 1915.    His name appears on the Helles Memorial, Turkey, (Panel 137 to 140).


Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives