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Name:
William Gray
Casualty No.:
Initials:
W
Service No.:
178943
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Age at Death:
Ranks:
Gunner
Unit:
Royal Army Veterinary Corps ( see notes); 52nd Battalion Royal Field Artillery
Teesdale Township:
Place Enlisted:
Home Address:
20 Evenwood Gate
Civilian Employment:
Cause of Death:
Date of Death:
03-January-1918
Place of Death:
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UK Commemorated:
Overseas Commemorated:
Terlincthun British Cemetry, Wimille, Pas de calais, France
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Notes:

Enlisted in December 1915. Evenwood's Hey Day by Elsie Anderson et al states that he was assigned to the Royal Veterinary Corps, which seems likely given the mention of horses - see letter below). He presumably was subsequently transferred to the Royal Field Artillery  Regiment (newmp.org.uk and the Absent Voters' List) .

 

William wrote to the local Vicar in February 1916 saying he was in a hospital camp after smashing a finger on his left hand as the result of an accident at a rail head in France and of being sorry he could not get into a fighting unit. He described the risk to the men in France from the many frisky horses passing through the camp and the consequent need to be alert, of not knowing where he was stationed and of the beauty of the countryside. The hospital and camp were not finished and they were living under canvass. 

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First Name: Bishop Auckland Constituency Absent Voters' List Evenwood & Barony 1918 (Durham County Record Office); newmp.org.uk; Evenwood's Heyday by Elsie Anderson et al copy available at the Bowes Museum; Last Name: Bishop Auckland Constituency Absent Voters' List Evenwood & Barony 1918 (Durham County Record Office); newmp.org.uk; Evenwood's Heyday by Elsie Anderson et al copy available at the Bowes Museum; Initials: newmp.org.uk; Ranks: Bishop Auckland Constituency Absent Voters' List Evenwood & Barony 1918 (Durham County Record Office); Service Number: Bishop Auckland Constituency Absent Voters' List Evenwood & Barony 1918 (Durham County Record Office); Unit: Bishop Auckland Constituency Absent Voters' List Evenwood & Barony 1918 (Durham County Record Office); newmp.org.uk; Evenwood's Heyday by Elsie Anderson et al copy available at the Bowes Museum; Home Address: Bishop Auckland Constituency Absent Voters' List Evenwood & Barony 1918 (Durham County Record Office); Date of Death Day: Bishop Auckland Constituency Absent Voters' List Evenwood & Barony 1918 (Durham County Record Office); www.cwgc.org; Overseas Commemorated: www.cwgc.org; Notes: Evenwood's Heyday by Elsie Anderson et al copy available at the Bowes Museum; Local Memorials: newmp.org.uk; Teesdale Townships: Teesdale Poor Law Union 1914;