William Bray was an old boy of Ragland Road Boy’s School in Bromley. He was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs George Bray of Nelson Road, Bromley, and a member of one of the ‘Soldier families’. He was part of the 5th King’s Shropshire Light Infantry.
It had first been reported that Bray had been wounded at Loos, but on the 17th December the Bromley & District Times (page 9) reported that when the stretcher-bearers went to bring the wounded in they found that the trench where Bray had fallen had been blown right in.
He had died on the 25th September 1915, aged 24.
He was commemorated at St Luke’s, Bromley Common, where he had been a parishioner. In 1922/23 his names was added to the War Memorial at St Luke’s (Bromley & District Times, 3rd February 1922/23, page 3/5).
Researched using the free database at www.militaryancestors.co.uk