Private James Gray

Private James Gray, 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. He was killed in action in France, aged 21, on the 18th June 1917. He had been born in Linton, Roxburghshire and was the son of Sarah Coulter or Brown and the step son of John Gray, Boundaries, Jedburgh. Before enlisting in June 1915 he had been employed at Maxpoffle House, St. Boswells. He originally joined the 2nd Battalion in France in October 1915 and was wounded on the Somme on the 1st July 1916. After recovery in England he was posted to the 1st Battalion in France. He fell in the surprise attack on “Hill 100” near Monchy, Arras. The objectives were secured and counter attacks beaten off with casualties of 6 Officers and 64 Other Ranks killed and 4 Officers and 158 Other Ranks wounded. In addition 27 Other Ranks were posted missing. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France.

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