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VC1163    Thomas Gray

Name   Thomas Gray   No.     POSTHUMOUS

VC Issue No.   1163   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Royal Air Force, No. 12 Squadron



Rank VC Won    Sergeant

Rank End Of Career   Sergeant

Place Of Birth   Urchfont, near Devizes, Wiltshire, England

Place Of Death   Maastricht region, Holland

Buried/Location Ashes   Heverlee War Cemetery, near Leuven, Belgium, Vlaams-Brabant


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone (CWGC)    Plot/Grave no.  Collective Grave, Plot VI, Row F, Grave 14 - 16

Gazetted    11 June 1940

VC Presented   21 June 1941 by King George VI at Buckingham Palace, London, England to his parents Ernest Arthur and Susannah Mary Gray


P  Headstone, Heverlee War Cemetery, near Leuven, Belgium, Vlaams-Brabant

P  Named on War Memorial, Royal Victoria Park, Bath, Somerset

Named on Roll of Honour, Cardinal Vaughan Grammer School, Holland Park, West London

P  Stained Glass Panel, St Georges Church, RAF Halton, Buckinghamshire

P  Memorial Stone at site of action, Veldwezelt Bridge, West of Maastricht, Belgium

P  Memorial Plaque by tree, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

P  Named in the Halton Boys Memorial Garden, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

P  Named on RAF VC Memorial at St Clement Dane's Church, Aldwych, London

P  Featured in a VC display at the Royal British Legion, Endless Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire

P  Gray Close, Canford, Bournmouth, Dorset

P  Gray Court, Whitkirk, Leeds

P  Gray Close, Innsworth, Glocester, Gloucestershire

P  Gray Drive, Swanton Morley, Norfolk

P  Named on Bomber Command Memorial, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

By The Way…

He was originally buried secretly near crash site by local citizens and then re-interred by Allies in 1945 at Lanaken Cemetery, 20 miles north of Liege

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BORN    17 May 1914

DIED   12 May 1940   AGE   24

VC Won   12 May 1940    AGE    24

Place VC Won   Over Albert Canal, Belgium

War/Campaign   Second World War

Second World War