Eric Andrew GRAY: 20 October 1895 – 27 March 1918.
Killed in action during the Spring Offensive in the Somme Valley, France.
Wallace Oliver GRAY: 21 December 1892 – 19 October 1981
Wounded in action, Christmas Day 1917. Subsequently contracted illness and declared unfit for military service. Discharged 21 May 1919.
Wallace Oliver Gray, far right of photo, with wife Merle Matilda Wright and son Roger Gray. c. 1956. Photo: Gray-Dove family archive.
Hand-written cards of remembrance by Auckland school children. Thousands of these have been placed together to form the shape of a gigantic poppy on the field at Auckland Domain. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015.
Casualty sheet: military service record of Wallace Oliver Gray. Image from Archives NZ.
Having learned as much as I could about the military service and death of Eric Gray, I’m now ready to research the story of his older brother Wallace.