Remembered with honour Menin Road South Military Cemetery: Plot III, Row G, Grave 21.
He enlisted in Hertford, and was formerly Private 5100 Bedfordshire Regiment. He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, and died of wounds received in action. Unfortunately, James’ Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is a brief article about and a Death announcement for James in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 24 November 1917; plus an In Memoriam in the issue dated 16 November 1918.
Son of James and Millicent Jane (nee GULSTON) GRAY of Watford.
His parents married 26 January 1889 at St Mary’s, Watford. James died 7 February 1939 in Watford aged 72, and was buried 13 February in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Millicent died 1948 in Watford aged 77, and was buried 17 February, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
James was born 25 February 1894 in Watford, and baptised 30 March 1894 at St Mary’s, Watford. He attended Callowland Boys’ School, Watford; then Alexandra School, Watford, from 21 October 1901 to 13 March 1908. He resided in Watford.
On the 1901 Census, aged 7 he lived in Watford, with his parents and three siblings. On the 1911 Census, a printer’s apprentice aged 17, he still lived in Watford, with his parents and six siblings.
Date of death13/11/1917
Age at death23
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)