John William GRAY

Regimental number4420
Place of birthCharlville Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressFord Street, North Rockhampton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFriend, Alfred Thinney, Ford Street, North Rockhampton, Queensland
Enlistment date22 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 30 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 January 1919

Military Medal

'During the advance East of VILLERS BRETONNEUX, near AMIENS, on August 8th 1918, this man's platoon was held up by a machine gun post. With great disregard of all danger, Private GRAY instantly rushed forward, firing his Lewis Gun from the hip. He was almost immediately wounded by a bomb, but continued to advance, firing the whole time, till he eventually silenced the enemy gun, which enabled the platoon to advance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death15 April 1962
Place of burialNorth Rockhampton Cemetery