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   Lance Corporal James Gray
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 26/02/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 24/02/1922 (Home)
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Summary      
James Gray was the son of John William Gray and Annie Gray. James was born in County Tyrone about 1893. James lived with the family in Donnydeade, Bernagh. His father was a farmer. James belonged to Dungannon Battalion of the U.V.F. A report in the Mid Ulster Mail in July 1916 states that Lance Corporal James Gray had been invalided home suffering from severe shell shock. It seems he returned to the front, as a report in the local newspaper in August 1917 states that he was injured in action once again. GRONI records the death of only one James Gray in the Dungannon area of that age in the timeframe specified (i.e. between 1917 and the date the memorial was unveiled, November 1922). James Gray died on the 24th February 1922. He was 28 years old. The Dungannon War Memorial lists Lance Corporal James Gray of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Further Information
James Gray was the son of John William Gray and Annie Gray. James was born in County Tyrone about 1893.
The 1901 census lists James as age 8 living with the family at house 10 in Donnydeade, Bernagh, Tyrone. James was at school. His father was a farmer.
Family: John William Gray, Annie Gray, Lizzie Gray (born about 1882), William Gray (born about 1886), John Gray (born about 1888), Maggie Gray (born about 1891), James Gray (born about 1893), Lucy Gray (born about 1895), Richard Gray (born about 1900).
The 1911 census lists James as age 18 living with the family at house 1 in Donnydeade, Bernagh, Tyrone. James Gray was a farmer.
James belonged to Dungannon Battalion of the U.V.F.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 15th July 1916: County Tyrone Volunteers
Private James Gray, Doneydade, Dungannon, shell-shock.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 20 July 1916:
Private James Gray (invalided home during to shell shock), is a son of Mr John G Gray, Doneydade.
A report in the Mid Ulster Mail in July 1916 states that Lance Corporal James Gray, had been invalided home suffering from severe shell shock. The report confirmed that he was the son of Mr John W Gray, Doneydade, Dungannon.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 22nd July 1916:
Lance Corporal James Gray, Tyrone Volunteers, invalided home suffering from severe shell shock, is a son of Mr John W Gray, Doneydade, Dungannon. He belonged to Dungannon Battalion, U.V.F.
It seems he returned to the front, as a report in the local newspaper in August 1917 states that he was injured in action once again.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 17th August 1917:
Lance-Corporal James Gray, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, son of Mr J W Gray, Doneydade, Dungannon, wounded. His brother, Corporal John Gray, of the Irish Guards, was killed eighteen months ago.
From the Tyrone Courier dated Thursday 23 August 1917:
Mr J W Gray, Doneydade, Dungannon, has been informed that his son Lance-Corporal James Gray was recently wounded in action. Another son of Mr Gray's, Corporal John Gray, of the Irish Guards, was killed eighteen months ago.
GRONI records the death of only one James Gray in the Dungannon area of that age in the timeframe specified (i.e. between 1917 and the date the memorial was unveiled, November 1922).
James Gray died on the 24th February 1922. He was 28 years old.
James' brother, Private John Gray, was killed in action in May 1915.
The Dungannon War Memorial lists Lance Corporal James Gray of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Donnydeade, Bernagh Killyman Census listing in Donnydeade, Bernagh, Tyrone 54.478267 -6.733292
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1 1901 Census lists Gray family Lists James as age 8 living with the family at house 10 in Donnydeade, Bernagh, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Gray family Lists James as age 18 living with the family at house 1 in Donnydeade, Bernagh, Tyrone
3 Private John Gray Brother of James Gray
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