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Henry Gay

Biography of Private Henry Gay, (40669)
9th battalion Essex Regiment
Formerly 24909 Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 11th October 1917

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Henry Gay

Date of birth:

Place of Birth:
Langtoft, Lincolnshire, England

Date of Birth registration:
Oct – Dec 1887

Place of Birth Registration:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England



Wife’s Name:
Elizabeth Starker

Date of Marriage:

Place of Marriage:
Bourne District

Wife’s Date of birth:

Wife’s Place of Birth:
Spalding, Lincolnshire

Wife’s father:
John Starker

Wife’s Mother:
Sarah Jane Sanders

Ernest Gay, 1910, Bourne


Father’s Name:
Daniel Gay

Father’s DOB:

Father’s Place of Birth:
Upwell, Cambridgeshire, England

Father’s Occupation:
Farm Labourer

Mother’s Name:
Jane Smith

Mother’s DOB:

Mothers POB:
Langloft, Lincolnshire, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:
1866 Bourne District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
Daniel Gay, 1868, Langtoft
John Gay, 1870, Tipsend
Isaac Gay, 1872, Langtoft
William Edward Gay, 1874, Langtoft
George Gay, 1880, Langtoft
Jane Gay, 1882, Newthorpe Common
Henry Gay, 1887, Langtoft

1891 Census:
Henry is living with his mother in Langtoft, Lincolnshire

1901 Census:
Henry is living with his parents in Village Street, Langtoft, Lincolnshire

1911 Census:
Henry is living with his wife and child in starker family wife’s parents in North Fen, Bourne, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 23 and he is listed as a farm labourer on farm.

Relatives in services:

Henry’s brother William Edward also fought and was killed in WW1. William can be found on our page dedicated to the Langtoft War Memorial.

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 Private Henry Gay, 40660, 9th Battalion Essex Regiment was died of wounds on 11th October 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records:
Not yet available

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

UK:Langtoft, Stone cross outside St Michael and All Angels Church

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In memory of Private Henry Gay, 40669, 9th Bn, Essex Regiment who died on 11 October 1917.Age 30
Son of Dan and Jane Gay, of Langtoft, Lincs; husband of Elizabeth Gay, of 19 Double St., Spalding, Lincs.
Remembered with honour, Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun.

More information:

Military Service Timeline:

Died of wounds

Enlisted in Spalding

This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed.