Other names: William Henry
Locations in this story: Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, DorsetEnmore Green, Shaftesbury, DorsetWeymouth, DorsetChetnole, DorsetNoad Road, Ashmore, Shaftesbury, DorsetWatery Lane, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Story: William Henry Gray was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 20th June 1896 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 12th July 1896, the son of James Chasey Gray and Susanna Kensell Gray (née Norris). He lived his early life with the family at 8 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury and later on in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury. He enlisted with the Royal Navy on 31st January 1912 as a Boy Class II later becoming an Able Seaman (Service No. J15923). He served throughout the war and eventually bought himself out of the service subject to him agreeing to remain on the Reserves. His last service date was 30th June 1923. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. He had married Edith Annie Fry (who came from Ashmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset) in 1917 and his address given on the Absent Voters List for 1918 was Noad Road, Ashmore. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Watery Lane, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, and was working as a Roadman. He died in the Weymouth, Dorset, Registry District in 1988 and was buried at Chetnole, Dorset, on 13th April 1988.