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ARTHUR FREDERICK GRAY - DOB 30/3/15 - DECEASED 28/9/11
Posted by R P James on November 1, 2011, 3:32:18
The above was my father in law and he served in the RA during the 2nd World War. He originally joined up in March1939 in an RE Searchlight unit in Ealing, London as a Territorial soldier. Having been demobbed in August 1939 he was recalled a bit later and then went on officer training subsequently being transferred to the RA in 1940. He was commissioned in December 1940 and his first posting was to 345 Battery in Ely, Cambs. Following on from that he was posted as staff officer at 40 AA Brigade HQ in Pampisford Hall, Cambs. His next posting was to 41 AA Brigade at Horsted Hall in Norwich. Following staff training he went to HQ 5 AA Group in Nottingham as staff Capt Q.
His next posting was to HQ 21st Army Group as Staff Captain(Q) Maint. This would have been in about June 1944. About a week after his arrival the invasion of Europe began. He was on duty in the HQ when, on 3rd May 1945 the ceasefire was announced. he remained in Germany until demobilisation.
Whilst he admitted to me that his Army career was not exactly front lione he also said that he learnt a lot whilst in the Army which stood him in good stead in civilian life. He ended up as a Major at the end of his service career and then moved into NHS Hospital Administration at which he ended up at the top of the tree at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
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