Frederick Bray

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WWI Roll of Honour

by Lynette Wray

Fred Bray

 

         

Military History:        

 

Regiment:                              
Bedfordshire Regiment

Rank:                                     
Private

Service Number:                    
26217

Date of Enlisting:                            
16.11.1915

Date of death:                        
23.10.1960

Cemetery/ Memorial:            

UK Cemetery/Memorial:      
St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour
Ashwell United Reformed Church cemetery

 

Fred enlisted at Bedford on 16th November 1915 with the Bedfordshire Regiment, Regimental Number 26217. The Regiment landed at Le Havre on 25th July 1916 and went straight to the front line on the Somme.  Fred survived the War and returned to Ashwell.

Fred was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour and is buried in the Ashwell United Reformed Church cemetery

 

 

Family History:

 

Date of Birth:                4th quarter 1889

Birth Place:                   Scalford, Leicestershire

Residence:                    Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Marriage:                      1st quarter 1938

 

Fred was born in the third quarter of 1889, the third son of Alfred and Catherine (nee Musson) Bray. He was a pupil of the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.

Before enlisting Fred was a builder with FJ Bailey of Ashwell.

Fred married Doris Mary Ann Barker Stafford in the first quarter 1938 in the Hitchin district. It is not known if they had children together.

Fred died on 23rd October 1960 and is buried in the Ashwell United Reformed Church graveyard.

Fred’s brother William served with the Royal Engineers and survived the War.

 

Commentary:

 

Fred enlisted with his friends from Ashwell, George Bryant and John Oyston.  The Regiment landed at Le Havre on 25th July 1916 and went straight to the front line on the Somme.  George was killed in an assault on the village of Beaucourt during the Battle of the Somme.  The attack began at 06.00am in pitch darkness as well as thick fog which lasted most of the day.  Although surprised by the attack the German dugouts and machine gun positions were not effectively dealt with and many casualties were sustained as a result of heavy rifle and machine gun fire.  The battalion suffered 194 casualties in the action.  Beaucourt was not taken until the following day. Fred and John survived the War.

 

Other references:

Royston Crow  24 November 1916

Pte Geo Bryant killed.Pte F Bray wounded.Served together, former bricklayers for FJ Bailey of Ashwell.

 

Name:

Fred Bray

Birth Place:

Scalford, Leicestershire

Residence:

Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Death Date:

23.10.1960

Enlistment Place:

Bedford

Rank:

Private

Regiment:

Bedfordshire Regiment

Battalion:

4th Battalion 190 Brigade 63 Division (Royal Naval)

Regimental Number:

26217

Type of Casualty:

Survived

Theatre of War:

Western Europe, France and Flanders

This page was added on 05/05/2016.