William Gray

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Apr 15, 1893

Born in England


Jan 24, 1915

Attested into the 33rd Battalion at Chatham Ontario 

Ø      Number 400810 (temporary number 310)

Ø      Next of kin given as Henry Gray, father, of Seymount Cove, Beckington, Somerset England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Aug 17, 1915

Embarked the SS Hesperian at Montreal Quebec as part of the 2nd Reinforcing Draft of the Battalion


Aug 28, 1915

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the East Sandling Camp where he was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 9th Reserve Battalion


Nov 23, 1915

Sentenced to 2 days Field Punishment #2 and deprived of 3 days pay for being absent


Jan 5, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Jan 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France as part of a draft of 227 Other Ranks 

TOS the 21st Battalion


Jan 15, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Jan 18, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in Brigade Reserve at Ridgewood, supplying work parties for various duties


Jul 7, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Mellor 405507, who had been classified PB (Permanent Base) and not returning to the front lines


Jul 17, 1916

Cpl Gray received a slight bullet wound to his right forearm and was admitted to the No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance).  The bullet had passed through his arm without causing serious damage


Jul 18, 1916

Transferred to No 4 CFA


Jul 19, 1916

Discharged from the CFA to duty


Dec 11, 1916

Proceeded on the Gas Course


Dec 16, 1916

Rejoined the Battalion from the Gas Course


Jan 2, 1917

Appointed to rank of Lance Sergeant to replace L/Sgt Benson 469513 who had been wounded


Jan 21, 1917

Proceeded on Course (type not specified in the file) at the 1st Army School


Mar 1, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from course


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance at Vimy Ridge, L/Sgt W Gray was killed in action.  He was buried in a mass grave in a crater labeled CB 1.  This crater was later renamed the Zivy Crater Cemetery.  His exact location is not known and consequently the names of those interred there are listed on panels around the crater

Post war, the following were sent to his mother, Sophia Gray, at Park Lane Cottages, Seymount Cove, Beckington Somerset, England: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and the Memorial Cross 

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

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