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William Bray

Biography of Private William Bray, (18214)
2nd battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 23rd October 1916

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William Bray

Date of birth:

Place of Birth:
Friskney, Lincolnshire, England

Date of Birth registration:
Jul – Sept 1896

Place of Birth Registration:
Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England



No marriage for William has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.


Father’s Name:
Colbert Bray

Father’s DOB:

Father’s Place of Birth:
Friskney, Lincolnshire, England

Father’s Occupation:

Mother’s Name:
Elizabeth Ruth Maxons

Mother’s DOB:

Mothers POB:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:
12 May 1874 Friskney

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
Eliza Ann Bray, 1876, Friskney
Fred Bray, 1878, Friskney
William Bray, 1880, Bourne
Alice Dora Bray, 1888, Bourne
Ernest Bray, 1888, Bourne
Wilfred Bray, 1890, Bourne
Elsie Bray, 1892, Bourne
Edna Blanch Bray, 1894, Bourne
Muriel Grace Bray, 1897, Bourne
Violet Lilian Bray, 1898, Bourne
Cyril Bray, 1902, Bourne
Plus 6 more which names are unknown taken from the 1911 census.

1881 Census:
William is living with his parents in Friskney, Lincolnshire

1891 Census:
William is living with his parents in Bourne, Lincolnshire

1901 Census:
William is living with his parents in Bourne, Lincolnshire

1911 Census:
William is living with his mother in North Street, Bourne, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 30 and he is listed as a fishmonger.

Relatives in services:

Newspaper Mentions

Military Records

Attestation Papers:
None found

WW1 Soldier’s Records:
None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
These records show that William Bray, 18214, 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 23rd October 1916 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records:
Not yet available

Medal Card Index:
William’s medal card index states that he was eligible for the following medals:-
The British Medal
The Victory Medal
The 15 Star

UK:Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In memory of William Bray, 18214, 2nd Bn, Lincolnshire Regiment, who died on 23 October 1916
Brother of Miss E. A. Bray of North St, Bourne, Lincs.
Remembered with honour, Bancourt British Cemetery.

More information:

Military Service Timeline:

Enlisted Bourne

This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed.