Friday 31 August 2012

Private Linton Valentine Gray

Born on 14 February 1892 in Manitoba - son of T.L. Gray, Vancouver, British Columbia - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student, single, no current military service, previously served with the 72nd Regiment Seaforth Highlanders of Canada (three months), Methodist, height of 5 feet 10 inches, chest of 39 inches fully expanded, medium complexion, grey eyes, medium hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on 27 April 1915 (number 411165) - transferred to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 17 July 1915 - commissioned as a lieutenant - transferred to the 1st Canadian Mounted Regiment, CEF, on 5 October 1916 - seconded to the Royal Flying Corps on 22 January 1917 - serving with 7 Squadron, RFC, at the time of his death - reported missing, presumed dead, on 16 August 1917 - name inscribed on the Arras Flying Services Memorial, France.

(Updated with images of Private Gray's inscription on the Arras Flying Services Memorial, Arras, France, taken by me August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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