Private George Gray

Private George A. Gray, 1st/7th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He died of wounds in the 2nd Casualty Clearing Station in France on 18th September 1915, aged 19. He was the son of Mr and Mrs W. Gray of Foundry Cottages, Tweedmouth and is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Before the War he had been employed as an apprentice blacksmith with Messrs Taylor of Tweedmouth, At the time of his death the Battalion were holding trenches in the Armentieres sector and suffered two men killed and 3 wounded. His brother James also fell. ( see above ). The photograph shows the impressive Memorial raised to commemorate the fallen of the 50th ( Northumbrian ) Division of which the Battalion was part until February 1918 when it was transferred to the 42nd ( East Lancashire ) Division as the Pioneer Battalion. it was erected near the village of Wieltje in the Ypres Salient where nearby on 26th April 1915 the Division had fought its first action of the War only days after landing on the Continent.

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