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Colin Crawford Gray Force: Army Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 246th Battalion/85th Battalion Regimental Number: 223401 Rank: Private Date of Birth: December 14, 1895 Place of Birth: Sambro, Halifax Co., NS Date of Enlistment: February 2, 1916 Place of Enlistment: Halifax, NS. Address at Enlistment: Yarmouth, NS Age at Enlistment: 20 Height: 5 feet, 9 inches Trade: Student Marital Status: Single Religion: Methodist Next of Kin: (Father) James F. Gray, Yarmouth, NS Colin was the son of James S. and Estella Gray, Albert St., Yarmouth NS. Having graduated from the Yarmouth Academy he attended Mount Allison University were he obtained an Engineering Certificate, graduating with high honours. The Mount Allison yearbook spoke of him, as “a quiet, unassuming lad, immune to fashion, freak, or fad”. In September, 1915, he entered McGill University and enrolled in the course leading to a Bachelor of Science; however, he returned home in January 1916 and enlisted with the 85th Battalion. Later he contracted a heavy cold and never recovered from resulting illness. He was a patient in the Ste. Agathe Military Sanatorium, Quebec where he stayed until about two months before his death. His mother had died in April, 1915 from tuberculosis. The military would not approve a military funeral. Death from illness away from base did not at that time allow for a military funeral, a policy later revised. The services for Private Gray were held at Providence Church, Yarmouth. The procession to Mountain Cemetery was headed by the Yarmouth Concert Band. While not officially a military funeral, the motor hearse was draped with the British ensign while a Union Jack enshrouded the casket. The bearers were Privates Harvey Eldridge, Karl Baker, Carl Crosby, and Lincoln Levitt. Carl Crosby and James Harvey Eldridge would become casualties of the war. Karl Baker would be twice wounded during World War I, the second occasion being when the rail yard at Arras was bombed by an enemy plane. Date of Death: September 21, 1916 Cause of Death: Tuberculosis Age at Death: 20 Cemetery: Mountain Cemetery, Yarmouth, NS Sources: Commonwealth War Grave Commission (Cemetery Information) Library and Archives Canada (Attestation Paper) Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (pp 194-196)
Private Colin Crawford Gray
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