Gray, Maurice

He was the second son of Dr. Alan Gray, Organist of Trinity College, Cambridge, and Maude Gray, and one of three Wykehamist brothers, another of whom, Second Lieutenant Edward Jasper Gray (A, 1911-1916), Rifle Brigade, fell on March 31st 1918 (see individual entry). He came to Winchester from Mr. P.H. Morton’s School at Englefield Green, and was two years a House Prefect. He played in Association XI in 1907 acting as goalkeeper and in 1908 captained the team. He was a member of Lords in 1908 when mumps struck down four of the best players, and was in O.T.H. VI. He went to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1908, but the following year gave up his University career to join the Slade School of Art. He exhibited at the New English Art Club and a glowing career as an artist looked likely. He was also a gifted violinist and singer.

He had enlisted in the Inns of Court O.T.C. some time before the war and in August 1914 joined the 2nd Dragoon Guards. He left for France in June 1915 and was subsequently transferred to the Machine Guns Corps (Cavalry).

He fell on August 8th 1918, at Beaucort-en-Santerre while in command of his squadron engaged in an undertaking of special danger, for which he had volunteered.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Gray
  • Forenames or initials: Maurice
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1903-1908
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry)
  • Date of Birth: 11th October 1889
  • Date of Death: 8th August 1918
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: CAIX BRITISH CEMETERY: Grave I.I.15