|Place of birth||Hackney, South Australia|
|School||Flinders Street Public School, Adelaide, South Australia|
|Occupation||Turner and fitter|
|Address||Prospect, South Australia|
|Age at embarkation||32|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs L A Gray, Dudley Avenue, Prospect, South Australia|
|Previous military service||Previously served in the AIF: discharged as medically unfit.; Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||10th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/27/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||10th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Polygon Wood, Belgium|
|Age at death||35|
|Age at death from cemetery records||35|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
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|Parents: Ebenezer and Ellen GRAY; husband of Lilian GRAY, 40 Avenue Road, Ovingham, South Australia|
War service: Western Front
Embarked Adelaide, 28 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 11 October 1916. Promoted Acting Corporal, 3rd Training Bn, 12 October 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 17 December 1916; taken on strength, 10th Bn, 25 December 1916.
Wounded in action, 6 May 1917 (shrapnel wound, neck, finger, hand); admitted to 5th Field Ambulance, 7 May 1917, and transferred to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station same day; to 2nd Canadian General Hospital, Treport, 8 May 1917; to 3rd Convalescent Depot, 29 May 1917; to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, 6 June 1917; rejoined unit, 24 June 1917.
Missing in action, Belgium, 21 September 1917; subsequently confirmed killed in action. Buried, 22 September 1917, near Chateau Wood.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal