George Dray 1858-1909 (Son of James Edward Dray and Elizabeth Cloake) and his wife Sophia Dray nee Middleton 1853-1920 of Gate Cottage, Rectory Lane, Saltwood, Kent
George and Sophia had five sons; Henry 1897 – 1918, Albert 1888 – ?, Frederick 1893 – ?, Frank 1894 – 1969 and Richard 1899 – 1953.
The two soldiers pictured below are Henry and Albert Dray. The picture was taken in 1917.
On the left is Henry Dray, born in Saltwood, nr Hythe Kent 1897–2.7.1918. Henry Dray G/7618 East Kent Regiment The Buffs was 19 years old when he enlisted at Canterbury 13.5.1915. His service record stated he died of wounds, but also gave a lot of information regarding who his siblings, cousins and grandmother were.
Next to Henry is his brother is Albert. Albert Dray was born 1888 in Saltwood, Kent. The only information I have about Albert is from his brother’s service record which states in 1919 Albert was in France.
The information regarding the other brothers includes: Frederick born 1893. Fred was demobilised. Frank 1894 – 1969 was in H.M.S. in France and Richard 1899 – 1953 was in H.M.S. in Russia.
Image and text courtesy of Pam Dray