JAMES GRAY was born 29 Aug 1885
at Alpha Cottage, Fairlie, to parents John Mackie, station master, and Isabella
Davidson Wyllie (who married in West Kilbride on 17
Oct 1884). He was
christened in Fairlie Free Church on 04 Oct 1885. He was killed in action at the Somme, France
on 01 Jul 1916, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
the 1891 Census, John, aged 5, is at Alpha Cottage in the household of
grandfather John Wyllie (market gardener, b.
Dundonald, 73) with parents John Mackie Gray (41, b. Methlick, manager for aerated water co.)
& Isabella D. (31, b. Dalmellington) and sisters Sarah LD (4) and Elsie S Mackie (1)
the 1901 Census, aged 16, he is living 185 Butterbiggins Road, Gorbals, Glasgow
with father John M. (52, railway clerk) and sisters Sarah LD and Elsie SM
John’s mother and sisters emigrated to Canada in 1911, but here is
no record of his father traveling to Canada; he died in Grangemouth on 7 Dec
SERVICE DETAILS Theatre of war first entered
was Balkans on 24 Sep 1915, and he was killed in action on 1 Jul 1916 in
France. In his will, dated 28 Jun 1916,
he leaves £1 to Miss Wyllie, 69 Pollok Road, Shawlands (possibly a cousin as
his mother’s maiden name was Wyllie), and his remaining property to his mother,
Mrs. J.M. Gray in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
His medal index card shows he received the 1914-15 Star and the British
War and Victory medals.