Born: 1887, Ipswich.

Died: 15th October 1917; age 30; Died of Wounds – Gunshot wound to face & neck.

Residence: Handford Villa, 1, Dillwyn Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: Boot Maker.

Enlistment Details: Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk; Date: 15th March 1916; Age: 29 years & 2 months. Height: 5ft 4 3/4ins.



Disembarked – Boulogne – 11th July 1916. Joined on attachment – 22nd July 1916.

Wounded – in the field – 1st October 1917 – Gun Shot Wound – face & neck – admitted St. Omer 2nd October 1917.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 203402.

Regiment: Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment), 1st/5th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenier Cemetery,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Eldest son of Mrs. Bessie J. Grayston, of Handford Villa, 1, Dillwyn Street, Ipswich & the late Harry Grayston.






1891   44, Wells Street, Ipswich.


Harry was 4 years old and living with his parents, sisters & maternal aunt.

Harry Grayston, 38, an Auxiliary Letter Carrier, born Ipswich.

Bessie Jane Grayston, 28, born Ipswich.

Violet Cecilia Grayston, 2, born Ipswich.

Lilian May Grayston, 1, born Ipswich.

Gertrude Farman, 14, a Boot Worker, born Ipswich.


1901   44, Wells Street, Ipswich.


Harry was 14 years old, a Boot Heel Scorer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Harry, 48, a Letter Carrier.

Bessie, 38.

Lilian, 11.

Bessie Catherine Grayston, 9, born Ipswich.

Stanley Cornelius Grayston, 7, born Ipswich.

Ruby Maude M. Grayston, 5, born Ipswich.

Cyril Victor George Grayston, 3, born Ipswich.

Percy William Grayston, 1, born Ipswich.


1911   44, Wells Street, Ipswich.


Harry was 24 years old, a Boot Operator – Boot Manufacturer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Harry, 58, a Letter Carrier – Postal Services.

Bessie, 48.

Bessie, 19, a Machinist – Sack Manufacturer.

Stanley, 17, a Moulder – Iron Foundry.

Ruby, 15, a Housemaid – Private Home.

Cyril, 13, a Shop Errand Boy.

Redvers Bernard Grayston, 9, born Ipswich.

Muriel Evelyn Grayston, 7, born Ipswich.

Albert Victor Grayston, 6, born Ipswich.

Ena Victoria Grayston, 4, born Ipswich.


Harry’s father, Harry Grayston died 1917, Suffolk.


On the 21st February 1922, Bessie Grayston signed for her late son’s Victory & British War medals.


Harry is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich.


Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment), 1st/5th Battalion:


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