Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1918, Second Lieutenant William Leslie Gray, 4th (Territorial) Battalion, the Suffolk Regiment, was killed in action on the Western Front.
The eldest of three children, Second Lieutenant Gray was six years old when his mother died; his father and grandfather were colliery manager and managing director of Linby Colliery respectively. The family was wealthy and they were able to generously support Belgian refugees in 1914.
Second Lieutenant Gray attended Nottingham University College, where he joined the Officers’ Training Corps, and served originally as a private before being commissioned into the Suffolk Regiment. He was mortally wounded during the fighting at Flesquieres, just south-west of the road from Cambrai to Bapaume, and is buried in the Grevillers British Cemetery at Pas-de-Calais in France. He is memorialised on the Nottingham University College memorial, the St. Michael War Memorial where his parents resided, and the St. James war memorial at Papplewick.
William, from Hucknall in Nottinghamshire, was 20 years old.