Percy James Gray

Mar 2, 1894

Born in Marmora, Ontario to William Robert and Margaret (nee Revoy) Gray


Jun 27, 1913

Shown on the nominal roll of the 49th Regiment Hastings Rifles with the rank of Private


Jun 14, 1914

Shown on the nominal roll of the 49th Regiment Hastings Rifles with the rank of Sergeant


Nov 13, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59386 (temporary number 181)

Ø  Next of kin William R. Gray, Marmora, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø  Previous military experience given as 49th Regiment, Hastings Rifles for 4 years

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “B” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “A” Company

o   He was later posted to the Machine Gun Section and appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 16, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Jul 3, 1916

Proceeded on the Vickers Machine Gun Course


Sep 15, 1916

During the 21st Battalion’s attack on the sugar factory, a strongly defended German headquarters south of Courcelette, France, Percy Gray received a shrapnel wound to his right knee and was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station


Sep 16, 1916

Transferred to the Liverpool Merchant’s Mobile Hospital in Etaples

Reverted to the rank of Private on admission to hospital


Sep 20, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Queen Mary’s Military Hospital in Whalley, Lancashire

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Nov 13, 1916

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jan 9, 1917

Discharged from hospital and attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot)


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


Mar 11, 1917

Attached to the CMBD (Canadian Machine Gun Depot) for duty at Seaford


Jun 7, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion but remained attached to the Canadian Machine Gun Depot


Jul 29, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal with pay


Sep 28, 1917

Granted permission to marry Elsie Amelia Rundle at public expense.

His next of kin was later changed to read Mrs. EA Gray, 23 Hazeldon Road, Crofton Park, London, England


Jan 7, 1918

Ceased to be attached and Taken On the Strength of the Canadian Machine Gun Depot at Seaford


Aug 16, 1918

Attached to the Segregation Camp at Bourley


Sep 14, 1918

Rejoined the Canadian Machine Gun Depot


Jan 20, 1919

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant with pay


Jun 8, 1919

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Aug 1, 1919

Embarked the SS Lapland in Liverpool with his wife



Aug 9, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Aug 12, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ø  Rank on discharge Acting Sergeant

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 255328

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge, Marmora, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Marmora

Following the war, Percy Gray joined the peacetime militia and rose to the rank of Captain.  In 1936 he began a career in the Ontario Provincial Police serving the Marmora/Bancroft area.  He also served a time as Police Chief in Marmora.

Percy Gray was active in the Great War Veterans Association and the Royal Canadian Legion, and served as the first President of Branch 237 in Marmora.

At the onset of WW2 in 1939, Percy enlisted in the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment and was subsequently transferred to be in charge of the Ottawa Provost Corps Detachment where he was promoted to the rank of Major.  At the end of WW2, he returned to Marmora for employment with the Bascombe Lumber Co. and later as a mail carrier.


Jun 22, 1951

The liquor Store in Marmora was officially opened and Percy was one of the first employees hired.


Jan 25, 1956

Percy Gray died at home in Marmora of a heart attack and was buried in the Marmora Common Cemetery



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