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1812   Private John Gray
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 26/03/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Irish Guards (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 01/06/1888
Died: 18/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 26
John Gray was the son of John and Annie Gray. John was born in Clonfeacle, on 1st June 1888. The family lived in Donnydeade, near Dungannon. His father was a farmer. John enlisted with the Irish Guards and served the full period. He afterwards joined the Royal Irish Constabulary. 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. Private John Gray was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards when he was killed in action in France on 18th May 1915.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  Le Touret, Pas-de-Calais
Grave Ref: Panel 4
CWGC Casualty 857059
Le Touret Memorial is located at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, on the south side of the Bethune-Armentieres main road. From Bethune follow the signs for Armentieres until you are on the D171. Continue on this road through Essars and Le Touret village. Approximately 1 kilometre after Le Touret village and about 5 kilometres before you reach the intersection with the D947, Estaires to La Bassee road, the Cemetery lies on the right hand side of the road. The Memorial takes the form of a loggia surrounding an open rectangular court. The court is enclosed by three solid walls and on the eastern side by a colonnade. East of the colonnade is a wall and the colonnade and wall are prolonged northwards (to the road) and southwards, forming a long gallery. Small pavilions mark the ends of the gallery and the western corners of the court.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Moy War Memorial - WWI Moy
2 Dungannon War Memorial - WWI - Panel 3 Dungannon
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Royal Irish Constabulary
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Gray family Lists John as age 13 living with the family at house 10 in Donnydeade, Bernagh, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Gray family Does not list John as living with the family at house 1 in Donnydeade, Bernagh, Tyrone
3 Brother - Lance Corporal James Gray Brother of Private John Gray
4 Photo of family headstone in Killyman
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here (incorrect as Scots Guard)
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023