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George Robert GRAY

Regimental number2927
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBexley, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 6.5"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinFather, C. Gray, Bexley, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date31 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 10), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 2nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 5 February 1916.

Transferred to 54th Bn, 14 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 14 March 1916 (POUO); transferred to No 14 Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 14 March 1916; discharged to duty and rejoined unit, Tel el Kebir, 20 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force 19 June 1916.

Found guilty, 23 June 1916, of wilful disobedience of an order on 18 June 1916: awarded 4 days' confined to barrack.

Disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Name extracted from list of dead whose pay books were handed to German authorities by Geneva Red Cross; ruled killed in action, 20 July 1916, by Assistant Adjutant General, ANZAC Section, War Office, 24 November 1916.

Translation of undated German report, 'Iden: disc was handed over by Intelligence Officer of 6th Army Hd. Qrs. 17/8/16. Herewith is confirmed a Death Card, Ref. 111, according to which Australian Prisoner of War C. R. Gray, Pte., Iden: disc 2927, 54th Bn., C. of E., has died.'

German report sent 30 July 1916 and confirmed 13 October 1919, 'austr. Sold. Gray, G. R. 2927. 54. A.I.C.E. am 19.7.16. in Gegend Fromelles gefallen.'

Red Cross File No 1201014 has statement from 4147 Corporal J. BARRONS, 17 August 1916: 'Gray and [4512 P.A.] Haslem were in I.V Platoon, A. Company and [4516 B.E.] Horne was in 1 Platoon, A. Company. I saw all three in the German trench we got into at Fleurbaix on July 19th. They were there with me digging in, in the dummy trench we took beyond the German firstline, having got through the charge all night. We had to retire from this position next day. The Germans outflanked us and took a number of prisoners. There is quite a fair chance that all three are prisoners.'

'Prisoner of War. Pay Book in hands of Germans.'

'The above name appeared on German death list dated 9-9-16.'

'Identity disc received from Germany and despatched to N/K. 24.1.17.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNext of kin untreaceable from 19 May 1917; still untraceable, 1923.
SourcesNAA: B2455, GRAY George Robert
Red Cross file 1201014

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