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Born 28th August 1925. (service records record 28th Aug 1926 changed to 25 later) at the bungalow Briston Road, Saxthorpe, Norfolk. Went to Corpustry primary school then to Melton Constable secondary modern.

 

Left school in 1939 at the age of 14.

 

Worked for Taylor Woodrow as Scraper/Bulldozer driver building airfields across Norfolk and Suffolk, left them after 2 years and 6 months to join Earnest Doe & sons doing the same job, he did this for 2 years and 1 month then joined the army on 21st Dec 1944.

 

His 18th birthday would have been 28th Aug 1943 (official call up age).

 

Yet served in the Royal Air force volunteer Reserve for 4 days, the 6th and 7th, of April and the 4th and 5th of Aug 1944. With the number 3014163 and Rank A.C. 2.

 

Discharged from RAFVR on 20th Dec 1944.

 

Private Gray Kenny 14890393 posted to General Service Corps. 21st Dec 1944.

 

No 52 PTW (Primary Training Wing).

 

Territorial Army Record Of Service Paper - Click to open

Territorial Army Record Of Service Paper - Click to open

Identification Form - Click to open

Identification Form - Click to open

 

Posting Details - Click to open

Posting Details - Click to open

Training Recommendations - Click to open

Training Recommendations - Click to open

 

 

Sturdy build. Slow thinking, but seems a good reliable lad. Keen on mechanical work. Would like to go overseas.

 

 

Then 1st Feb 1945 transferred to the corps of R.E. (Royal Engineers.)

To D company No 6 TBRE (Training Battalion Royal Engineers.)

Rank of sapper at NR (Don’t know) wef (with effect from)1 Feb 45.

Deverill Barracks, Ripon, North Yorkshire. 11 HQ Regiment.

 

2nd April 1945

Mustered from NR to pur RE. D 111 wef 21st April 45 auth by:OC unit

Posted to hol (SME) ((School of mechanical engineering)) DBRE (Depot Battalion Royal engineers.)

Classified a 1 star Sapper wef 1st July 46.

 

23rd June 1947

Commenced to live out and draw Family and ration allowance’s wef 23/6/47.

 

13th July 1947

Temporarily tasked to ACF camps Boulmer wef 13th July 47.

Authy : CRAID/2012/4/adtd 14th May 47.

 

23rd August 1947

R.T.U. (returned to unit) wef 23/8/47 from temporary attachment to A.C.F. Camp Boulmer.

 

1st January 1948

sos this unit wef 1/1/48 an proceeding ***  A blene an posted to Y/7 list wef 2/1/48.

 

27th February 1948

Released to class Z (T) Royal army reserve. (Class A release)

 

Discharged from reserve Liability 30th June 1959.

 

Awarded the 1939-45 war medal.

 

 

Field conduct Sheet.

 

HQ sqn 11 HQ.

 

Preston 11th Feb 1945

W.O.A.S. AWOL in that he at Preston absented himself without leave 23.59 hrs 11th Feb 45 until reporting to south gate guard room at 01.00 hrs 12th Feb 45.  Absent 1hr 1 min.

3 days confined to barracks.  Major R E Tully RE OC D Coy.

 

Preston 6th March 1945

W.O.A.S. Neglect to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he at Fullwood barracks was in possession of a dirty and rusty rifle.

3 days confined to barracks.  Major R E Tully RE OC D Coy.

 

Preston 16th March 1945

(1)        W.O.A.S. Conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he without permission fell out of the line of march.

(2)        W.O.A.S. Neglect to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he failed to double when ordered to do so by his superior officer.

3 days confined to barracks.  Major R E Tully RE OC D Coy.

 

Preston 21st March 1945

W.O.A.S. (While on active service) whilst a defaulter absented himself without leave from 21.15 hrs to 23.58 hrs on 21 march 45. Absent 2hrs 43 mins.

Award 168 hrs detention & forfeits 1 days pay for close arrest- in CA

Lt col w seton Anderson RE.

 

Ripon 2nd November 1946

Sec 15 (2) AA Failing to appear at a place of parade appointed by his commanding officer in that he at Ripon on 2/11/46 failed to empower his name on the 11.00hrs parade.

7 days CB  Major Sinden RE

 

Ripon 19th November 1946

Sec 40 AA  Conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he in the 08.00 hrs parade held on 19/11/46 behaved in an unsoldierly manner.

5 days CB  Major Sinden RE  

                 

Ripon 8th March 1947

Sec 40 AA  Neglect to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he at Ripon on 8/3/47 Failed to appear at a place of parade appointed by his commanding officer.

7 days CB  Major Sinden RE

 

Ripon 2nd April 1947

Sec 15 AA Failed to appear at a place of parade appointed by his commanding officer in that he failed to report to the duty NCO at 17.45 hrs on 2/4/47.

Award: 14 days CB (Confined Barracks) awarded by Major Drake Wilkes RE on 3rd April.

 

Ripon 10th April 1947

Sec 15 (2) AA Failing to appear at a place of parade appointed by his commanding officer in that he at Ripon on the 10th 0f April failed to appear on the 06.15hrs defaulters parade.

7 days CB  Major Sinden RE

 

Ripon 1st July 1947

Sec 15 (2) AA Failing to appear at a place of parade appointed by his commanding officer in that he at Ripon on 1st July 47 failed to appear in the 08.00hrs parade and was absent until seen by SQMS Everritt at 08.05 hrs 1st July 47 absent 5mins.

Award: 14days CB awarded by Lt Col  R A G Binssey OBE RE on 3rd July 47.

 

Ripon 31st August 1947

Sec 15 (2) AA Failing to appear at a place of parade appointed by his commanding officer in that he at Ripon on the 31/8/47 failed to appear on the 14.00hrs piquet mounting parade.

7 days CB  Major F T Ford RE.

 

 

Notification Of Pending Release - Click to open

Notification Of Pending Release - Click to open

 

This man is a hard and willing worker and a good general handyman in any normal run of work. A reliable and industrious man, who is thoroughly honest and clean and smart in appearance.

 

Note: Name now Kenneth.

 

Service And Casualty Form - Click to open

Service And Casualty Form - Click to open

 

It was during his army service that he met my mother.  On 12th April 1944 they were married and they went on to spend 68 eventful years together.

 

After demob my parents lived at 6 Goughs yard Corpusty and dad got a job,at Hall farm Saxthorpe, later moving there. Times were hard in those days, father worked all the hours he could not only on the farm, but had a large garden  where he grew vegetables and kept chickens.

 

During this time the family had grown, there were five children, Maurice, Christopher, myself, Irene and Carolyn. We next moved to Dairy Farm, Melton constable where  Phillip was born.

 

After some years we moved to Hindolveston, by which time dad had joined the building industry. He then decided to buy a piece of land at Swanton Novers.

 

Where he built a bungalow, which was to become our last family home.

 

Then after a few health problems he was advised to give up the hard building work, he then took a job at Bakers of Holt repairing lawnmowers and garden implements until he retired. But still kept on, repairing lawnmowers at home.

 

Although he did not have any hobbies as such, because his work was his hobby, he did enjoy watching the wild birds in his garden.

 

 

Kenny "Hedgie" Gray passed away on 7th July 2013

 

 

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