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Jesse Alfred Gray of Braintree, Essex.

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It is not known if this diploma was issued to the same person as the one below, but given that Mr.J.A.Gray states that he was born in 1881 then my understanding of Primrose League regulations is that he would not have been entitled to adult membership.
During this Victorian period it was not unusual for a son to be named after his father, but to counter this a couple of the communications below are addressed to a Mr.G.Gray.

 

Primrose League envelope for above diploma.
 

With my limited understanding of this part of Essex, the three address mentioned on the documents:- 1, Rayne Road, Bocking; 1, Rayne Road, Braintree and Spire Cottage, Rayne Road, Braintree; could well be one and the same place.

 
 

A selection of Primrose League propaganda leaflets.


Single page leaflet printed on one side only.

Single page leaflet printed on one side only.

Single page leaflet printed on one side only.

Single page leaflet printed on one side only.

Single page leaflet printed on both sides.
 

Notice must have been taken of the above leaflets and other propaganda around at that time, as J.A.Gray enlisted in the Essex Regiment on the 7th April 1916 to do his 'bit' in the Great War.

 

A few pre-enlistment wage packets (farm labourer?).
 

Sent to the family a few days after his enlistment.
 

Date of this envelope is unknown, but probably 1916, after he was transferred to the Royal Fusiliers from the Essex Regiment (to make up their vastly depleted numbers) when at their training camp, prior to being shipped off to the front.
 
 

Obviously J.A.Gray did survive the serious injuries received from the Gas Shell, as the following two documents prove.

 

Does come as somewhat of a surprise that the British War Medal and Victory Medal were not awarded.

 

Hopefully Jesse Alfred Gray went on the lead a long and happy life after his return from World War 1.

 
 
Index Page. Sincere thanks go to Mrs. J. Claydon for the donation of the above documents.
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