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These four brothers were lucky

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They went through World War 2 and all returned home safe and well.


Private Fred Gray




15th Feb 1911 – June 1980

Gunner 913649

Royal Artillery

Defence of Orkney Isles


1911 Census




1921 The Bungalow Briston Road Saxthorpe.


In 1939 Fred was married to Agnes Vivian Gray nee Youngs, born 26/12/13 and living at 5 the street Booton  nr Reepham Norfolk.  

He was working as a General  labourer, and Agnes was an unpaid domestic looking after their three children.





John Noel.    30/11/1935 - 23/09/2013




Gladys Vivian, always known as Jane.  30/04/1934 to 8/11/2015.


1942/42 Gunner Royal Artillery


Later living at 11 West End  Briston.


Working for North Norfolk District Council as a Road gang Foreman



Sapper John Gray




Royal Engineers served in North Africa, France and Germany.



Sgt Levi Gray





2nd Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment

Served Possibly in France 1940        

1942 to 1945 India and Burma



Sapper Kenny Gray





Left school in 1939. aged 14

Employed as scraper driver,

1939 to 44, building airfields          

Dec 1944 to 1948 Royal Engineers      


More details here for Kenny Gray



Not all were so lucky


United Kingdom men in World War 2                5,896.000

Killed                                             357,116

Wounded                                           369,267