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on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Bertie Howard Wray -

Unknown person Name : Bertie Howard Wray

Son of : Edward James Wray and Ellen Jane Wray (née King), of Newport, Isle of Wight.

Born : 1886, Newport, Isle of Wight.
Baptised at St Mary's Church, Carisbrooke on 19th September 1886.
  Census information :

1891 : Edward and Ellen Wray, with their children including Bertie aged 4, are at 110 Carisbrooke Road, Newport. Edward Wray is a Grocer and Baker.

1901 : Edward and Ellen Wray, with their children including 'Burt H' aged 15, are at 110 Carisbrooke Road, Newport. Edward Wray is a Grocer and Baker.

1911 : Edward and Ellen Wray, with their children including Bertie aged 25, are at 110-111 Carisbrooke Road, Newport. Edward Wray is a Grocer and Confectioner, Bertie Wray is a Grocer.

  Service Details :

Rifleman 1988 Bertie Howard Wray, 1/8th Hampshire Regiment (Isle of Wight Rifles).

Casualty Details :

Died : 13th August 1915, aged 29.

Buried at : Hill 10 Cemetery, Gallipoli

CWGC Record
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Isle of Wight Rifles memorial, Chapel of St Nicholas, Carisbrooke Castle
Isle of Wight Rifles memorial, Drill Hall, Newport
Newport War Memorial
St John's Church, Newport
St John's Church, Newport, Men's Bible Class War Memorial
Congregational Church, Newport
Literary Society Memorial, Quay Street, Newport
Newport Rowing Club War Memorial
Newport Grammar School Book of Remembrance
Newport Conservative Club Roll of Honour
Newport C.E. National School War Memorial
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :


Saturday, August 21, 1915 Page 8, column 4



The first intimation received in the Island that the Imperial Service Battalion of the I.W. Rifles may have been in the fighting line at the Dardanelles came on Wednesday evening in the melancholy form of an official announcement from the War Office to Mr. E.J. WRAY, of High-street, Newport, stating that his second son, Rfn. B.H. WRAY, had died on August 13th "from the effect of wounds". The news came as a great surprise to Islanders generally as it was thought that they would barely arrive by that date, but it has since come to light that they were conveyed to the Near East on a very fast liner, which completed the voyage in 6½ days. Very profound, sincere, and general sympathy is felt with Mr. and Mrs. WRAY and the members of their family in their heavy bereavement. Rfn. B.H. WRAY, or "Bertie" as he was more popularly known amongst his many friends, was held in the highest esteem as a good sportsman and an all-round fine fellow. By his death the Newport Rowing Club loses one of the most capable oarsmen and keenest members. He has stroked many crews to victory on the Medina, installing those behind him with that grim determination to do the utmost, which was so characteristic of his nature, and which very probably led him into the forefront of the fight in which he nobly died doing his duty to King and country. He was also a very popular member of the Literary Society and the Conservative Club, and had figured in the Literary Society's billiard team on many occasions, always playing a sound game. He had been in the I.W. Rifles for over four years. He resigned just before the war, but soon after the commencement of hostilities he was one of the many members of the Newport Rowing Club who responded to the appeal made by their popular captain (Sergt-Major Walter PERKIS) to fill up the ranks of the regiment. He celebrated his 29th birthday the day after leaving England. He was an old Grammar School boy, and during his school days showed much promise as a cricketer, although he had since forsaken the "pitch" for the river. Since the receipt of the sad news the flag of the Rowing Club Boat-house has been flying at half-mast.
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research
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Page last updated : 21st December 2015 (added link to Newport Rowing Club


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