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John Russell Gray

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Russell AWMM
  • Surname
    Gray AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    I. Gray AWMM
  • Service number
    2561 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 7 Arney Crescent, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Isobel Florence Gray (wife), 7 Arney Crescent, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1940 AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Andrew and Marie Glasgow (formerly Rainey); husband of Isabel Florence Gray of Remuera, Auckland.

    Attended King's College 1912-17. He was an enthusiast for the Cadet movement at Kings.

    Working for Keegan and Gray as a barrister, he was a noted alpinist and Territorial Army Officer.

    In the Territorial force he served as a Major and, in June 1939, succeeded to the command of the 1st Battalion Auckland Regiment. He was subsequently appointed to the command of the 18th Auckland Battalion, the first Auckland Infantry Battalion formed for overseas service, after the outbreak of war. Commanded 4 Brigade 29 Jun -5 July 1942

    He took a prominent part in the Battles of Greece and Crete. His letters to NZ describing the Crete Battle were regarded as being among the best examinations made of the campaign and were used for instructional purposes in the Northern Military District. From Crete Brigadier Gray was sent to Malta to advise the authorities there on anti-paratroop methods. Upon returning to Egypt he participated in the last Libyan campaign and was mentioned in the dispatches of Lt-Gen Sir Bernard Freyberg.

    He was killed in action in a German attack on the New Zealand positions near El Alamein.

    Remembered on the Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna.

    Probably named I. Gray on the Takapuna War Memorial, near the Service Centre AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    5 July 1942 AWMM
    Age 41 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM I. G. 19. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
    King's College Auckland, Honour Roll Public - John A E - Researcher - 26 June 2015 - King's College Honour Roll compiled by John A Whelan
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Roll of Honour, Officers' Club Auckland, The Northern Club, 19 Princes Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Takapuna War Memorial, (ex RSA Roll, on a boulder), The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Freemasons, Te Awamutu Lodge No. 2221 E.C., Ellerslie Masonic Centre, 9A Robert Street, Ellerslie, Auckland AWMM
    • Memorial plaque, Freemasons, Te Awamutu Lodge No. 2221 E.C., Ellerslie Masonic Centre, 9A Robert Street, Ellerslie, Auckland AWMM

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 69 AWMM
    • Weekly News AWMM
      Weekly News 29.7.1942, p.18. AWMM
    • Dawson, W. (1961). 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
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