Lieutenant George Donald Gray

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Lieutenant George Donald Gray

George Gray was the elder son of the late James Gray, solicitor, and the late Elizabeth Gray of Barnsley.
He was educated at Wakefield Grammar School and was a solicitor by profession with a practice in Doncaster where he was well known.
He was a pillar of the Boy Scout movement and the organisation in Doncaster owed much to his energy and enthusiasm. He formed the second Doncaster troop known locally as Gray’s Darlings. He was also associated with the YMCA and for some time before joining the army he managed the Mirfield hut for soldiers in Waterdale.
He was commissioned as Second Lieutenant with the KOYLI in October 1914 and later promoted to Lieutenant.
He transferred to 2nd/4th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment in January 1916 and served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from February 1917.
His mother died only a fortnight prior to his death and he was given leave to attend her funeral but arrived a day too late.
He was killed in action at Ervillers on May 5th 1917.
He was 34 years old.
Just prior to his death he had been recommended for promotion to Captain.
His brother continued with the practice in Doncaster.

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