Wray, George Arthur

Rank Gunner

Service Number 66635

Service Army

Battalion 123rd Battery, 28th Brigade

Regiment Royal Field Artillery

Killed in Action: 17th August 1917

Buried Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery, Belgium


George Arthur Wray was born in Collingham on the 19th July 1893, the second child (of seven) of James and Elizabeth Ann Wray. George was baptised in Collingham Church on the 3rd September 1893, and was confirmed in Thorner Church in 1908. In 1911, George was living with his parents at Half Moon Cottages, Collingham.

On the 9th May 1914, George who had been working at Wharf Spring Brewery, married Agnes Mary Simpson at Scarborough Registry Office and they made their home in Scarborough. Their daughter, Dorothy, was born in Scarborough. George enlisted in Scarborough and served with 123rd Battery, 28th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.

On the 7th September 1917, the Wetherby News, under the headline "Local Soldier Killed while asleep" reported that "News has been received of the death of Gunner George Arthur Wray, aged 24 years, of the Royal Field Artillery. A married man, his wife and two children reside at Benshaw, Gateshead, but he was formerly in service with the late Mr Micheal Stead at the Wharfe Spring Brewery Kearby Wetherby. His father and sisters now reside at the Gate House, Kirk Deaton, but formerly resided at Collingham. Gunner Wray volunteered in January, 1915, and had been in France a year and eleven months. A letter received by his relatives from a second-lieutenant of his Battery states that deceased and three sergeants were killed by a shell while asleep, death being instantaneous, and that they were accorded full military honours at the funeral. Wray was at home on leave only a fortnight before he met his death, looking a picture of health. The letter describes him as a fine trustworthy soldier, and says that he will be much missed by all the officers and men."

George was buried in Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery, Belgium

George's brother, John Henry Wray, served with the Signal Service (Royal Engineers) in France.

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