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GRAY (Sir Albert) Patrick Walworth Gray: The Record of a Boy's Life ended in the Great War, written by His Father. 1st Ed., vii+222pp., 6 portraits. Printed for Private Circulation. 1918  #67104
[HLMainPic] Patrick Walworth Gray was born in 1898, son of Sir Albert Gray, K.C.B., K.C., and Lady Gray, of Catherine Lodge, Trafalgar Square, Chelsea. From Rugby School he secured a scholarship at Trinity College, Oxford, but went instead to the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, from whence he emerged as a gunner subaltern in November 1916. Opting for the Field Artillery ("you are nearer the front"), he got to France in April 1917 and was posted to "C" Battery, 155th Army F.A. Brigade, joining the battery on 30th April. On the night of May 8th 1917 he was badly wounded by a shell and died next evening in a Casualty Clearing Station. He is buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun and was nineteen years old. Contains his letters from Woolwich and the Front, including just one (dated 7th May) from the front line ("I am still in the pink… I am sharing a dug-out with another subaltern – just room enough for two, and just behind our gun position. I sleep like a top in spite of the fact that some 60 prs. keep pooping away most of the night about 100 yards in rear…"). Various condolences etc. follow.Orig. pale blue boards with white buckram backstrip, gilt, with looseley inserted note from the compiler, forwarding this copy to My dear Vi, plus printed Order of Service for his funeral at St. Lu ke's, Chelsea, in 1928. See illustrations on our website.   £165

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