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  • photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.
Person Details
Worksop, Notts
Tom Gray and Jessie Roberts married in Retford in 1888. 3 years later they were living at 5 Eastgate, Worksop with a son, Hubert, born there in 1891. A second son, John Francis Gray was also born in Worksop in 1895. Sadly, their mother, Jessie died in 1899 age 37. It did not take long for Tom to find a new bride as the following year he married a Worksop born 23 year old girl called Gertrude Hindley. Tom, Gertrude and the two boys were still living in Worksop, at 12 Carlton Road, in 1901. In 1911, the family were still altogether but now living at 44 Ryton Street, where Tom was still making Ropes for a living, John Francis was now working in the Railway Goods Office and Hubert had an apprenticeship as a boiler maker.
15 Jan 1917
628527 - CWGC Website
Lance Corporal
7th Bn The Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment)
Corpl. Hubert Gray Worksop Guardian 2 February 1917 On Monday morning, the distressing news reached Mr Tom Gray of 44 Ryton Street, Worksop, that his eldest son, Corpl. Hubert Gray, had been killed in action in Mesopotamia on January 15th. The news was sent officially from the War Office and it was accompanied by the usual letter of sympathy from His Majesty the King. Corpl Gray who would have been 25 in May, was a very smart soldier standing six feet. He was born in Worksop, a scholar at the Wesley schools and afterwards apprenticed to engineering with the late Mr Thomas Flamwell junr., and subsequently Mr F W Shotton. Their successor for whom he worked for at the time of his enlistment. Previous to joining the Army he was a most enthusiastic member of the Boy Scout movement and was assistant scoutmaster of the St John Troop under Mr Cecil Hall. He was a regular attender at St John’s Church and a member of the C.E.M.S. In company with several other Worksop lads, he enlisted in the Notts and Derbys in May 1916 but they were soon transferred to the 3rd North Staffords and sent to Forest Hall, Northumberland for training. Here his scout training evidently proved of use as he got his first stripe in ten days and about six weeks later he was promoted to full Corporal, a very remarkable example of quick promotion. He was keenly desirous of going to the war, but the authorities deemed him of more utility at home as an instructor of recruits and for a considerable time had to be satisfied with the home service. At length however, his desire came about and being transferred to the 7th North Staffords he was drafted to Mesopotamia last September where he unfortunately met his death as stated. No details are to hand as to the nature of his death but it is suspected that letters may be received from some of his comrades any day. Only last week his step-mother, to whom he was much attached, had two letters from him in one of which he stated that he had met his old comrade who enlisted with him. Pte ‘Billy’ Hall, son of Mr and Mrs G * Hall of Carlton House, Worksop, and saying how delighted they were to see each other. Pte Hall having gone out some time before him from Forest Hall. whilst here he proved a most able instructor, and the men regarded him very highly. His death will be deeply deplored by many friends in Worksop. His brother, Lance-Corpl. John F Gray, of the Notts and Derby also has had an adventurous time. He enlisted soon after the outbreak of war and has been wounded twice. He contracted septic poisoning and was sent home to Yeovil Hospital but soon recovered and went back to the front. He then had his knee cap knocked off, but it was put right in the field hospital and was soon again in the trenches. About five months ago he was very seriously injured in the left thigh by shrapnel and he is now in Sunderland. Lance-Corpl. John Gray, before enlistment, was in the G C Railway Goods Office at Worksop. He is 22 years of age. The father of the two lads, Mr Tom Gray is very well known in the district as a rope maker.
He is buried in Amara War Cemetery Iraq grave reference XXIV C21. Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.
    Hubert Gray - photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.