Clive Russell BRAY

BRAY, Clive Russell

Service Numbers: 26A, 26
Enlisted: 22 August 1914
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Murwillumbah New South Wales, Australia, 26 July 1888
Home Town: Murwillumbah, Tweed, New South Wales
Schooling: Brisbane Grammar School, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Surveyor's assistant
Died: Multiple GSW and amputated leg , Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom, 13 March 1917, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Netley Military Cemetery, Hampshire, England
C.E. 1902
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Murwillumbah War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

22 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 26A, 1st Light Horse Brigade Train
24 Sep 1914: Involvement Driver, 26, 1st Light Horse Brigade Train, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '22' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Omrah embarkation_ship_number: A5 public_note: ''
24 Sep 1914: Embarked Driver, 26, 1st Light Horse Brigade Train, HMAT Omrah, Brisbane
13 Feb 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Driver, 9th Infantry Battalion
20 Apr 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Driver, 26A, 9th Infantry Battalion, SWs right arm and back War Diary – 9th Battalion 20/4/916: At 13.15 today the Billet occupied by C. Coy were subjected to heavy bombardment by the enemy. Fifty or sixty shells H.E. were landed in the Billet area. Early in the bombardment a shell landed in one of the canvas huts wounding four men some men ran to the assistance of the wounded and another shell caught these. A subsequent shell struck the wall of the Billet (Brick) and accounted for 47 casualties.
13 Mar 1917: Involvement Private, 26A, 9th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 26A awm_unit: 9th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1917-03-13

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 13th March........Private Clive Russell Bray SRN 26A was born at Kynnunboon, near Murwillumbah, New South Wales in 1888. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 22nd August, 1914 as a 26 year old, Surveyor’s Assistant from Murwillumbah, NSW.

Private Bray arrived in Egypt before being sent to Dardanelles. He returned to Egypt then was sent to France on 3rd April, 1916.
Private Bray was wounded in action on 20th April, 1916 & invalided to England where he was admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth with shrapnel wounds to back & right forearm. He recovered & was returned to France on 26th July, 1916 & joined 9th Battalion on 9th August, 1916.

Private Bray was wounded in action (2nd occasion) on 25th February, 1917. He was invalided to England & admitted Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, Hampshire, England on 7th March, 1917 with gunshot wounds to Chest – penetrating, also having a compound fracture of left leg & amputation.

Private Clive Russell Bray died on night of 13th March, 1917 from multiple gunshot wounds received in action in France – gunshot wounds to left leg, left chest, hands & shoulders.

He was buried in Netley Military Cemetery, Hampshire, England where 49 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.