Leonard George Gray

Rank Private
Service No G/6480
Date of Death 23/10/1918
Age 18
Regiment/Service Middlesex Regiment 1st Battalion
Cemetery Montay-Neuvilly Road Cemetery. Montay is a village on the northern outskirts of Le Cateau, 27 kms from Cambria, France. It contains 470 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War.

 

Leonard was born in Finchley in 1900. His parents were Charles (b.1857), who was from Lincolnshire, and Eleanor, who was from West Sussex, Gray (b.1858). He had five older siblings; Charles (b.1882), Eleanor (b.1889), Arthur (b.1890), Alice (b.1891) and Emily (b.1895). At the time of Emily’s baptism in St Paul’s on 14th April 1895, the family were living at Brownlow Villas, Brownlow Road, Finchley. His father’s occupation was listed in the baptism register as gardener.

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family was living at 68 Station Road, Finchley. Leonard’s father listed his occupation as jobbing gardener. Surprisingly, we have found no trace of the family in the 1911 Census. 

Leonard enlisted in Holloway, north London, and was one of 31 men in his battalion who were killed during the battle of Selle, 20 miles east of Cambrai, France. At the time of his death, his parents were living at 170, Squires Lane, Finchley.