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Name Cecil Herbert Bray
Date/Place of Birth 2 Nov 1892 / 24 Wightman Rd, Hornsey, Middx
Parents' Names Thomas Bray; Frances (nee Codling)
Father's Occupation/Location Mechanical Engineer; Kings Cross, London
Father's Death/Incapacity Acute pneumonia
Admitted to AO 17 May 1901 (Aged 8)
Admission No 5474
Left OWS&AO 17 Dec 1907 (Aged 15)
Occupation/Residence Draper's Assistant; 334 and 348 Oxford St, London
Enlistment Location London
Service/Rank/Number Army; Rifleman; 2081
Battalion/Regiment 1st/9th Battalion, London Regiment
Killed/Death 17 Jul 1915 (Aged 22)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry Belgium; Voormezeele, enclosure No.3
Memorial Reference V.B.4
Campaign Medals 1914/15 Star; Victory Medal; British War Medal
   
Cecil Herbert was born to Thomas and Frances Bray on 2 November 1892 at Hornsey in Middlesex. Following his father’s death, Cecil was admitted to the Orphan Working School in May 1901, aged 8. He left the School in December 1907, soon after his fourteenth birthday. The 1911 Census shows Cecil working as a Draper’s Assistant and living on the premises of Marshall and Snelgrove, a Department Store, in Oxford Street, London. Cecil volunteered for army service on 7 August 1914, two days after the outbreak of war between Britain and Germany. He was enlisted into 1st/9th (County of London) Battalion (Queen Victoria’s Rifles), London Regiment. The Battalion landed at Le Havre on 5 November 1914 as part of the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders. Rifleman Bray was killed in action at Voormezeele, near St Eloi, on 17 July 1915 and is buried, with over 1,600 other Commonwealth casualties of the War, at Voormezeele Cemetery in Belgium. At the time of Rifleman Bray’s death his mother was living at 76 Wellesley Road, Ilford, Essex.
   
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