Robert Edward Gray
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|Date of Birth||25 Aug 1903|
|Place of Birth||New Machar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland|
|Death||30 Jun 1986, aged 82|
|Place of Death||Forrestfield, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||38 years, 7 months|
5'8"(1.75m) tall ; 138lbs|
62.596 kg; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair ; scar on right elbow
|Address||John street, Armadale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs. Nancy Gray|
|Reg Number||[recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=5890856 W67670] & 83817|
|Date of Enlistment||22 Mar 1942|
|Rank||Private & Leading Aircraftman|
|Unit/Formation||2nd (Fremantle) VDC Battalion & RAAF Base Darwin|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Remained in Australia|
Robert emigrated to Australia in 1926. He arrived in Fremantle aboard the SS Berrima on 11 Feb 1926 from London. Others on the ship included a group of young boys part of the Child Emigration Society's program.
During 1929 Robert married Agnes (Nancy) Sharpe Sneddon (1903 - 1970) in Perth. Nancy died in Forrestfield on 4 Nov 1970 aged 67. They had two children, daugher Dorothy and a son.
Electoral Roll entries: 1931 - 1934 at 5 Seventh avenue, Bassendean, bus driver;
On 6 Jun 1940 Robert sought to enlist in the 2nd AIF. There is nothing on file to indicate what came of his application. At Armadale on 22 Mar 1942, Robert enlisted in the Volunteer Defence Corps and was allocated to 'D' Company of the 2nd (Fremantle) VDC Battalion. Promoted Sergeant (Mortars) on 1 Jul 1942, he reverted to Private at his own request on 28 Aug 1942, and on 1 Oct 1943 he was discharged at his own request to join the RAAF the following day.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at 44 Mercury street, Carlisle, bus driver; 1963 - 1980 at 19 Waterfall road, Wattle Grove, service attendant;