Horace Gray

Name

Horace Gray

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

04/04/1917
37

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Sapper
551000
Royal Engineers
525th Field Company

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

HERTFORD (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD
2nd Quarter, 1st Row 4th Grave.
United Kingdom

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Hertford Heath Village Memorial
Hertford Town Memorial in Parliament Square
All Saints Church, Hertford
St Andrew’s Church Roll of Honour, Hertford
Hertford Grammar School (now Richard Hale School)
Hertford Working Men’s Club (Now Sloppy Joe’s Bar)
Bengeo War Memorial Plaque Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo

Pre War

Born in 1880, in Hertford Heath, to parents William and Sarah A, he had one brother and four sisters and in 1881 they were living in London Road, Great Amwell. His father was a builder employing 12 men and two boys. They were living in Heathfield House in 1891. In 1901 Horace was living on his own at 4 New Zealand Cottages, Little Amwell and was employed as a carpenter/joiner, later that year he married Annie Eliza Ruffles in Little Amwell. By 1911 they were living at 73 Bengeo Street, Hertford, with their son Horace William, who was eight years old and Horace was a building contractor/employer. They later lived in Rosslyn Villa, Ware Road, Hertford and he was a Hertford town councillor for five years.

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Chelsea and was posted to 525 Company London Reserve Field Company. This unit provided reserves for the Royal Engineers of the 47th (2nd London) Division and were based at Maidenhead and Epsom.


As there are no records of any medals for Horace it is unlikely that he served overseas. He died in Richmond Hospital, Surrey after an explosion in a munitions factory at Hatfield.

Additional Information

According to probate records the family were living at Rosslyn Villa, Ware Road, Hertford, at the time of his death and £2818.13s.7d was left to his wife.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Terry & Glenis Collins, Jonty Wild