Percy Albert Harold Wray

Date of birth:                     1899
Place of birth:                    Southampton
Service No.:                        G/29140
Rank:                                     Private
Regiment / Division:      Queens Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
Battalion:                             1st/20th Battalion London
Died:                                      7th September 1918 aged 19 years
Death Location:                France

Life before the War
Percy was born Southampton in 1899 to parents Henry Arthur and Ellen Kate, nee Russell who married 1882, in Southampton.  Henry Arthur was born 3rd March 1858 and baptized 6th October 1858.  Percy was the youngest of 9 children; his 8 siblings were:

Beatrice Sarah Maud b. 1883 d. 1885
Henry Arthur Russell b. 1884
Beatrice Lucy Ann Goff b. 1886
Florence Emma b. 1888
Frederick Frank Wilcox b.1890
Phillip Goff Russell b. 1893
Violet Annie Amelia Kate b.1895
Ada Victoria b. 1897

In 1891 the family were living at 64 Andersons Terrace, St Mary’s, Southampton.  Henry senior was a Steward at sea.

By 1901 the family were living at 27 Paynes Road, Freemantle, Southampton and Henry senior was a Ship’s Steward.

The family had moved again by the 1911 census and were living at 96 Dukes Road, Southampton.  Henry junior was a General Labourer and Phillip was a Painters Labourer.

War Service
Percy enlisted in Winchester, Hampshire, joining the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment [formerly 242698] Hampshire Regiment) posted to 1st/20th Battalion London.  His rank was Private, service number G29140.

He died from his wounds on 7th September 1918 whilst fighting in France. He is Remembered with Honour at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

National Roll of the Great War
“Wray, P. A., Private, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
Joining in March 1916 he was sent a year later to the Western Front, where he took part in much of the fighting. He was largely employed as a runner and whilst acting in this capacity was killed in action in September 1918. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
177, Empress Road, Southampton”

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