John Russell Gray


Dec 19, 1891

Born in Hawthorne, Ontario to John and Agnes Rebecca (nee Ogilvie) Gray


Oct 16, 1917

Medical examination performed under the MSA (Military Service Act, 1917) in Ottawa, Ontario and declared fit for service


Jan 17, 1918

Conscripted under the MSA into the 2nd Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment in Ottawa, Ontario 

Ø      Number 3320447

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. A.R. Gray, mother, RR # 2 Ramsayville, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Book-Keeper

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to the 1st Draft 

On his medical history form he gave his address as 70 George St., Ottawa, Ontario


Feb 12, 1918

Embarked the HMTS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Feb 25, 1918

Disembarked in Glasgow, Scotland and proceeded to Seaford, England, where he was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 6th Reserve Battalion and assigned to “G” Company to continue his training


Jun 10, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Jun 11, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 17, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast


Aug 7, 1918

After leaving the CC Rein C, he joined the 21st Battalion Rear Details in Cagny, France and assigned to “A” Company.  He was immediately exposed to severe fighting the following day when the battalion attacked and liberated Marcelcave


Sep 24, 1918

The 21st Battalion moved into the front line at Canal-du-Nord on the night of September 23/24.  At 1.30 am the enemy attacked the frontal area and Private Gray was killed by an artillery shell exploding next to him.  He was later buried in the Dominion Cemetery in Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. A.R. Gray, RR #2 Ramsayville, Ontario

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. John Gray, at the same address


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