Born: 1895, Stoke, Ipswich.
Died: 2nd June 1917; age 22 & 5 months; Died of Wounds.
18 years old on arrival in Australia.
Residence: c/o Mr F. Eider, East Gresford, New South Wales, Australia.
Enlistment Details: Location: West Maitland; Date: 27th January 1916; Age: 21 & 1 month; Occupation: Diary Farmer; Religion: CofE. next of Kin: mother – Mrs A. Gray, 717, Woodbridge Road, St. John’s, Ipswich. Signed up for duration of the war + 4 months. Height: 5ft 4 ins, fresh complexion, hazel eyes & fair hair.
Embarked: 2nd May 1916 – Sydney – HMAT ‘Hororata’ A20. Disembarked 23rd June 1916 – Plymouth – HMAT ‘Aragon’.
Service: Marched out to school of Physical Training & Bayonet Fighting – Aldershot – 2nd October 1916. In from school 27th October 1916.
Promoted Sergeant 11th November 1916.
Proceeded overseas – France – 21st November 1916 – Southampton.
Wounded in action – in the field – 1st June 1917 – penetrating gun shot wound to the left thigh. Transferred to No. 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station – 1st June 1917 – died 2nd June 1917.
Charges: 1. When on active service conduct to the prejudice of Good Order & military Discipline. In that he In The Field on the 15th February 1917, wrote a letter in which he disclosed his position, and gave certain Military Information, prejudice of good order & military discipline. 2. In that he caused a letter to be posted in the French Civil Post, contrary to censorship regulations. Sentence to forfeit 60 days pay. Confirmed by G.O.C. 11th Infantry Brigade, 16th March 1917. Time in confinement awaiting trail 5 days.
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 1137
Regiment: Australian Imperial Force, Australian Infantry, 34th Battalion.
Formerly 6th Cyclist Battalion, Suffolk Regiment – served 304 days.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Anna Maria Gray, of ‘Sunnyside’, Great Bealings, Suffolk.
1901 32, Great Whip Street, Ipswich.
Samuel was 6 years old and living with his widowd mother & siblings.
Anna Maria Gray (nee Read), 41, born Cratfield, Suffolk.
Frederick Augustus Gray, 15, a Printer’s Compositor, born Ipswch.
Evelyn Marion Gray, 12, born Ipswich.
Arthur Reginald Gray, 10, born Ipswich – died 1906, Ipswich.
Ernest Charles Gray, 8, born Ipswich.
1911 717, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.
Samuel was 16 years old, a Smith’s Mate – Motor & Carriage Works. He was living with his mother & sister.
Anna Maria, 51, a General Shop Keeper – own account.
Constance Gray, 28, a Shop Assistant.
Samuel’s father was George Gray, born 1856, Chelsea, London – died 1894, Ipswich. He was a Tailor.
On the 10th March 1913, 18 year old, Samuel, a Labourer, arrived at the port of Brisbane, Australia. He had travelled from the port of London, 3rd Class on the S.S. ‘Themistocles’ of the Aberdeen Line.
Samuel is also remembered on St. John the Baptist church Ipswich WW1 Memorial