EDWARD JAMES DRAY

Image courtesy of Dean.

 

Born: 4th June 1881, Dover, Kent.

Died: 28th June 1916; age 35; Died of Pyrexia/Heat Stroke at Mesopotamia.

 

Religion: CofE.

 

Rank: 1st Class Stoker, Service Number: Ch/292393(R.F.R.Ch.B.7741).

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Proserpine’.

 

Grave Reference:

III.B.1.

Makina Masul New Extension Cemetery,

Basra,

Iraq.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John Henry Dray, of Shepherdswell, Dover; husband of Alice Rose Dray, of 90, Woodhouse Street, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   Botolph Street, Sibertswold, Kent.

 

Edward was 9 years old and living with his father, siblings & stepmother.

John Henry Dray, 52, an Agricultural Labourer, born Hawkinge, Kent.

Fanny Dray (nee Burton), 49, born Nonington, Kent.

Fanny Dray, 10, born Alkham, Kent.

Rose May Dray, 10, born Alkham.

 

1901   Malta.

 

Edward was 19 years old, a Stoker, on board the Royal Navy H.M.S. ‘Illustrious’

 

1911   Gibraltar.

 

Edward was 29 years old, married and a Stoker on board ‘Implacable’ a battleship and part of the Atlantic Fleet.

 

In 1911 Edward’s wife & children were living with his in-laws at 82, Woodhouse Street, Ipswich.

James Bendall, 53.

Martha Bendall, 51.

Arthur Bendall, 16.

Alice Dray, 25.

Alice Dray, 4.

Edward Dray, 3.

Grace, 1.

 

In 1906, Ipswich, Edward married Alice Rose Eugene Bendall, born 24th December 1885, Ipswich. They had 6 children:

Alice Rose E. Dray, January 1907, Ipswich.

Edward James Dray, May 1908, Ipswich.

Grace Lily Dray, 1910, Ipswich.

Arthur F. Dray, 1912, Ipswich.

Patricia Beatrice Dray, 1913, Kent.

Kathleen D. Dray, 1915, Kent.

 

Edward’s mother was Sarah Dray (nee Prescott), born 1884, Swingfield, Kent – died 1886, Dover, Kent.

Edward’s stepmother, Fanny Dray, died 1914, Dover, Kent.

Edward’s father John Henry Dray died December 1917, Dover, Kent.

 

H.M.S. ‘Proserpine’

Ships log:

28th June 1916

Mohammerah
Lat 30.4, Long 48.2
1.35pm: Edward James Dray, stoker departed this life, heat stroke

4.0pm: HMS FLYCATCHER arrived

4.30pm: HMS MOTH made fast alongside

5.5pm: HMS MOTH sailed

Number on sick list = 72

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