Alfred Edgar GRAY


GRAY, Alfred Edgar

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 24 September 1917
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 1st to 17th (VIC) Reinforcements
Born: Kyabram, Victoria, Australia, 19 October 1889
Home Town: Caulfield, Glen Eira, Victoria
Schooling: Dowling Forest State School Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Pneumonia and Influenza, Military Hospital, Fovant, Wiltshire, England, 28 October 1918, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Fovant (St. George) Churchyard
Plot I, Row B, Grave 3
Memorials: Miners Rest War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

24 Sep 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 1st to 17th (VIC) Reinforcements
5 Jun 1918: Involvement 1st to 17th (VIC) Reinforcements
5 Jun 1918: Embarked 1st to 17th (VIC) Reinforcements, RMS Orontes, Sydney
28 Oct 1918: Involvement Second Lieutenant

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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/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 28th October…… Alfred Edgar Gray was born at Kyabram, Victoria in 1889.

The 19th (Yarrowee) Australian Light Horse Regiment, 1913 listed Second Lieutenant A. E. Gray of “A” Squadron, Ballarat-Clunes-Creswick-Learmonth, dated 27th March, 1911.

The 1914 & 1915 Australian Electoral Rolls for the division of Wimmera, Mildura, Victoria listed Alfred Edgar Gray, Drill Instructor, of Langtree Avenue, Mildura.

Alfred Edgar Gray married Esme Gladys De Garis in 1915 in Victoria.

Staff Sergeant Major Alfred Edgar Gray applied for a Commission in the Australian Imperial Force on 21st January, 1916 & 18th July, 1917. He was appointed Second Lieutenant on 24th September, 1917.

According to details on his Attestation Papers - Second Lieutenant Alfred Edgar Gray had served 7 years with 19th Australian Light Horse Regiment with rank of Lieutenant & 5 years as Instructional Staff – present rank S.S.M. (Staff Sergeant Major).

Second Lieutenant Alfred Edgar Gray embarked from Sydney for active service on RMS Orontes on 5th June, 1918 & disembarked at Liverpool, England on 11th August, 1918.

He was posted to 9th Training Battalion in England on 12th August, 1918.

On 23rd October, 1918, Second Lieutenant Gray was admitted to Military Hospital, Fovant, Wiltshire. He was later reported to be seriously ill.

Second Lieutenant Alfred Edgar Gray died at 7.50 am on 28th October, 1918 at Military Hospital, Fovant, Wiltshire, England from Pneumonia, Influenza.

He was buried in St George’s Churchyard, Fovant, Wiltshire, England, where 43 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)


Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of  Matthew and Susan GRAY; husband of Esma GRAY, 2 Glenmack Avenue, St Kilda, Victoria