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    Gents

    Mackenzie died of TB/meningitis at Bangour Hospital, Broxburn, West Lothian.

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    Seen out of the corner of my eye:

    Sqn Ldr D B Gray, LAC A Beckett and AC2 H F Cross all DOAS. For some reason the batch of names was not scanned in the middle of the page. Feb 11th 1943 magazine.
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    Thanks Dave and Dennis for this additional and valuable info.
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    Hello

    LAC Herbert CROSS - 1861995 - the National Probate Calendar records that he died at 16 Princes Road, Great Yarmouth.

    S/Ldr David B. GRAY - OBE - MC - 75618 - the National Probate Calendar records that he died at Micheldever, Hampshire.

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    Default Re: 421108 - Unaccounted airmen - 8-11-1942

    Hello,

    75618 S/Ldr David Benjamin GRAY OBE, MC.

    David Benjamin Gray was born on 29 July, 1884, and educated at King William's College, Isle of Man (1899-1901), and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Served in the Royal Artillery then transferred to the Indian Army in October 1905. Gray served in Mesopotamia from November, 1914 to April, 1915, then was seconded to the RFC in February, 1916. Sent home to the UK, he joined No.60 Sqn. Went to France, then transferred to No.11 Sqn. Gray was shot down, along with his Observer, Lt L. B. Helder, on 17 September, 1916, in FE2b '7019', by German ace Oswald Boelcke, as his 27th victim. Gray eventually ended up in the notorious Holzminden Prisoner of War Camp. Grey and 9 others escaped from Holzminden on 23 July, 1918, he reached Holland safely, on 5 August. He was eventually awarded a MC, for gallantry in escaping from captivity*.

    He then served in North Russia with the Allied Intervention Force from February 1919 to July 1919.

    Gray later returned to the Indian Army commanding his old unit, the 48 Pioneer Battalion, and was created OBE. He finally retired from the Indian Army, as Lieutenant Colonel, in 1933.

    He retired to Hazel Cottage, Wonstan Sutton, Scotney, Hampshire. As soon as the Second World War came in 1939, he offered to serve in any capacity and was given a commission as Flight Lieutenant in the RAF. Promoted to Squadron Leader in 1941. He was compulsorily retired because of ill health in 1942. He immediately joined the Home Guard, and was promptly given back his old rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In his very first week in the new service he was run over by a lorry on the Basingstoke road at Micheldever, whilst giving some officers lessons in map-reading. Lieutenant Colonel David Gray is buried in Winston Churchyard, near Sutton Scotney, Hampshire.

    * https://www.thegazette.co.uk/Edinbur...3541/page/4106

    See:
    The Military Cross to Flying Personnel of Great Britain and the Empire 1914-1919 with service and biographical details of recipients.
    Giblin,Hal & Norman Franks.
    London:Savannah,2008.
    p.229 (edited).

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 1st September 2020 at 17:43.

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