BRAY, Arthur Willie

No.2473, Private, Willie BRAY
Aged 24

5th Battalion, Princess Alexandra's Own (Yorkshire) Regiment
Died of his Wounds on 17th November 1916

Arthur Willie Bray was born in Pakenham (2nd qtr 1890 Thingoe 4a:697), son of Annie L.M. BRAY.

1891 census...Aged 1, he was at Church Hill, Pakenham with his grandfather William BALLS [68] farm labourer born Pakenham, his grandmother Maria [67] born Thurston; his mother Annie L.M. BRAY [21] single, born Pakenham.

1901 census...Aged 11, he was still at Church Hill with his widowed grandmother Maria BALLS.

1911 census...Aged 20 a shepherd, he was at The Street, Pakenham, with his grandfather Harry BRAY 63] farm labourer, his grand mother Louisa (née BALLS) [65] and uncle Harry Bray [35] single, farm labourer. All were born in Pakenham

On the pension card his grand mother Louisa BRAY was at The Street, Pakenham.

He enlisted in Malton when resident at Whenby, Terrington, Yorkshire
With no Army records available it is impossible to say where he was or when he was wounded. The battalion had been operating in the area of Le Sars and Flers

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Willie Bray is buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, O:2:k:1

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