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Gray (family)


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The Gray family of Toronto, Ontario included several sons who engaged in military service with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War I.

The Gray family emigrated to Canada in 1913 from Northfleet in Kent, England. Alfred and Emily Gray settled in the Earlscourt area of West Toronto, located along St. Clair Avenue and east of Old Weston Road. They had eleven children including Charles Robert (1891-1916) and Walter Henry (1895-1974). After the outbreak of the First World War, it was not long before Charlie and Wally decided to enlist, in keeping with the Gray family tradition of military service. Together they joined the 3rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry in the spring of 1915, and only two years after emigrating to Canada, they shipped back to Europe to fight with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces. In 1916 Charlie was killed at Ypres and Wally was badly wounded. After he recovered, Wally returned to Canada, and like many other members of his family, worked for Canada Packers in West Toronto until he retired. Later generations of the Gray family continued the tradition of military service to their country. Wally's son, Walter Charles Gray (1931-) received a commission in the RCAF Reserve, and his cousin Ronald Charles Gray (1931-) received his commission in the RCN Reserve.

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