William Musson Bray

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WWI Roll of Honour

by Lynette Wray

William Musson Bray

 

         

Military History:        

 

Regiment:                              
Royal Engineers

Rank:                                     
Sapper

Service Number:                    
149053

Date of Enlisting:                            
19.11.15

Date of death:                        
19.7.1967

Cemetery/ Memorial:            

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

 

William enlisted at Hitchin on 19th November 1915 with the Royal Engineers.  He was mobilised on 25th January 1916 as a Pioneer.  He passed his proficiency tests and was promoted to linesman on 28th August 1917. With the 51st Signal Regiment William saw active service in the Western European Theatre of War, France and Flanders.

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

William survived the war.  He died on 19th July 1967 and is buried in the United Reformed Church graveyard, Ashwell, Hertfordshire.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.

 

Family History:

 

Date of Birth:                3.10.1894

Birth Place:                   Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:                    Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Marriage:                      1924

 

William was born on 3rd October 1894, the fifth son of Alfred and Catherine (nee Musson) Bray. He was a pupil of the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.

Before enlisting William was a Booking Office Clerk with the railways.

William married Helen G Stott in the 4th quarter of 1924 in the Luton district, Bedfordshire.  They had one child, Jean, born at the beginning of 1930.

He died on 19th July 1967 and is buried in the United Reformed Church graveyard, Ashwell, Hertfordshire.

William’s brother Fred served with the Bedfordshire Regiment in the War and survived.

 

Commentary:

Other references:

Royston Crow  5 May 1917

Pioneer W Bray of West End – shrapnel wounds.

 

Name:

William Musson Bray

Birth Place:

Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:

Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Death Date:

19.7.1967

Enlistment Place:

Hitchin

Rank:

Sapper

Regiment:

Royal Engineers

Battalion:

51st (Highland Division) Signal Coy

Regimental Number:

149053

Type of Casualty:

Survived

Theatre of War:

Western Europe, France and Flanders

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