Arthur Edward BRAY


BRAY, Arthur Edward

Service Number: 2891
Enlisted: 21 February 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Victoria, South Australia, 13 February 1884
Home Town: Port Victoria, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
Schooling: Port Victoria Public School
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Died of wounds, Le Havre, France, 10 November 1916, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Etretat Churchyard
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Port Victoria War Memorial and Flagpole
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World War 1 Service

21 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2891, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2891, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2891, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide
2 Nov 1916: Wounded SN 2891, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Shell wound (right shoulder)
10 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2891, 32nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Nuriootpa High School

"...2891 Private Arthur Edward Bray, 32nd Battalion, of Port Victoria, SA. A butcher prior to enlistment, Pte Bray embarked with the 6th Reinforcements from Adelaide on HMAT Aeneas on 11th April 1916. On 10th November 1916 he died of wounds received in action and was buried in the Etretat Churchyard near Le Havre.." - SOURCE (


Private J. M. Oatey and Corporal A. E. Bray, of South Kilkerran, have paid the supreme sacrifice for their country in France. Private Oatey for a time drove the motor mail coach from Moonta to Port Victoria. Corporal A. F. Bray was a regular visitor at South Kilkerran, supplying local customers with meat from his butchery business in Port Victoria." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 25 Nov 1916 (


The death of Private A. E. Bray occurred on November 10, in hospital in France, as a result of wounds received in action and serious illness. Private Bray, who was 32 years of age, was born at Port Victoria, where he lived all his life until he enlisted in March last. He left Australia in April and was for some time in Egypt. He reached the trenches in France in August, and was there over three months before being fatally wounded. Private A. Bray was the fifth son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Bray, of Port Victoria. He was of a cheery disposition and was loved by all who knew him. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved family, who are amongst the oldest residents of Port Victoria." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 02 Dec 1916 (