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30/09/2018 The many friends in Belfast of Constable John Gray, who had been stationed prior to the outbreak of war in Springfield Road Barracks, will much regret to learn that it is intimated he has been killed in Flanders while serving with the Irish Guards. Constable Gray, who was the eldest son of Mr John W Gray, an extensive farmer residing at Doneydade, near Dungannon, enlisted with the Irish Guards and served the full period. He afterwards joined the Royal Irish Constabulary (R.I.C.) and was stationed in several districts, both north and south, and at the outbreak of the war, found him doing duty in Belfast in Springfield Road district. He was then called up on the reserve of the Irish Guards and had been on active service at the front for some time. A fellow Guardsman and former police Constable D Hegarty, who is a native of Charlemont, has now written to Constable Bookless, R.I.C., Moy, under date 22nd May, stating:
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30/09/2018 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 5th June 1915: Private John Gray
30/09/2018 ‘I am alive and kicking, although I have had a few pretty narrow shaves within the past few days. You will, I am sure, that poor Jack Gray is dead. He was killed in an advance we were making the other day, for a heavy shrapnel shell got him when he was only about six yards from the German trench parapet. I suppose you know Constable Kennedy, who was stationed at Loughgall. He was killed also on the same day as Gray. We advanced in the face of as terrible an artillery and maxim gun fire as any regiment was ever subjected to in this war. Lord Caledon’s brother, who is one of our officers, was wounded, was wounded and I got the back of my frock torn off by a maxim bullet when we were digging ourselves in under a perfect hail of missiles. The poor old ‘Micks’ lost heavily, but it is the fortune of war. Tell all the boys I was asking for them.’
07/09/2017 ‘We advanced in the face of as terrible an artillery fire and Maxim gun fire as any regiment was ever subjected to in this war. Lord Caledon’s brother, who is one of our officers, was wounded, and I got the back of my frock torn off by a maxim bullet when we were digging ourselves in under a perfect hail of missiles.’
07/09/2017 Constable John Gray, Springfield Road Barracks, Belfast, whose death was reported last week, was the eldest son of Mr John W Gray, a farmer residing at Donnydeade near Dungannon. He was called up on the reserve of the Irish Guards. A fellow Guardsman and former police constable, D Hegarty, who is a native of Charlemont, has now written to Constable Bookless, R.I.C., Moy, stating that Gray was killed by shrapnel within six yards of the parapet of a German trench. He also mentions that Constable Kennedy, who had been stationed in Loughgall, was killed on the same day, and continues:-
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07/09/2017 From the Tyrone Courier dated 3rd June 1915:
16/04/2016 'We advanced in the face of as terrible an artillery and maxim gun fire as any regiment was ever subjected to in this war. Lord Caledon's brother, who is one of our officers, was wounded, was wounded and I got the back of my frock torn off by a maxim bullet when we were digging ourselves in under a perfect hail of missiles.'
16/04/2016 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 28th May 1915: Royal Irish Constabulary
16/04/2016 The many friends in Belfast of Constable John Gray, who prior to the outbreak of war was stationed in Springfield Road barracks, will regret to learn that he has been killed in Flanders while serving with the Irish Guards. Constable Gray, who was the eldest son of Mr John W Gray, an extensive farmer residing at Doneydade, near Dungannon, enlisted with the Irish Guards and served the full period. He afterwards joined the Royal Irish Constabulary (R.I.C.) and was stationed in several districts, both north and south. Called up on the reserve of the Irish Guards, he had been on active service at the front for some time. A fellow Guardsman and former police constable D Hegarty, who is a native of Charlemont, has now written to Constable Bookless, R.I.C., Moy, under date 22nd May, stating that Gray was killed by heavy shrapnel within about six yards of a German trench's parapet. Constable Kennedy, who had been stationed at Loughgall, was killed on the same day as Gray. He adds:-
16/04/2016 John Gray enlisted with the Irish Guards and served the full period. John Gray enlisted in Dungannon.
16/04/2016 He afterwards joined the Royal Irish Constabulary (R.I.C.) and was stationed in several districts, both north and south.
16/04/2016 Prior to the outbreak of war, Constable John Gray was stationed in Springfield Road Barracks, Belfast. He was called up on the reserve of the Irish Guards and he had been on active service at the front for some time.
16/04/2016 Private Gray was killed by heavy shrapnel within about six yards of a German trench's parapet.
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30/12/2015 John Gray was the son of John William Gray and Annie Gray. John was born in Clonfeacle, County Tyrone about 1888.
30/12/2015 John Gray's brother, Lance Corporal James Gray, was invalided out of the army in 1916. He died in 1922 and is commemorated on Dungannon War Memorial.
30/12/2015 Private John Gray, Irish Guards, son of Mr John W Gray, Donnydeade.
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30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated 3 August 1916:
30/12/2015 Private Gray has no known grave is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial.
30/12/2015 Private John Gray was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards when he was killed in action on 18th May 1915. He was 27 years old.
30/12/2015 The 1911 census does not list John as living with the family at house 1 in Donnydeade, Bernagh, Tyrone.
30/12/2015 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).
30/12/2015 The 1901 census lists John as age 13 living with the family at house 10 in Donnydeade, Bernagh, Tyrone. John was still at school. His father was a farmer.
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