Biography of Private William Bray, (18214)
2nd battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 23rd October 1916


  • Name: William Bray
  • Date of birth: 1880
  • Place of Birth: Friskney, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: July – September 1896
  • Place of Birth Registration: Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England


  • Name: Colbert Bray
  • DOB: 1848
  • Place of Birth: Friskney, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Fishmonger


  • Name: Elizabeth Ruth Maxons
  • DOB: 1856
  • Place Of Birth: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 12 May 1874 Friskney

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Eliza Ann Bray, 1876, Friskney
    Fred Bray, 1878, Friskney
    William Bray, 1880, Bourne
    Alice Dora Bray, 1888, Bourne
    Ernest Bray, 1888, Bourne
    Wilfred Bray, 1890, Bourne
    Elsie Bray, 1892, Bourne
    Edna Blanch Bray, 1894, Bourne
    Muriel Grace Bray, 1897, Bourne
    Violet Lilian Bray, 1898, Bourne
    Cyril Bray, 1902, Bourne
    Plus 6 more which names are unknown taken from the 1911 census.


  • 1881: William is living with his parents in Friskney, Lincolnshire
  • 1891: William is living with his parents in Bourne, Lincolnshire
  • 1901: William is living with his parents in Bourne, Lincolnshire
  • 1911: William is living with his mother in North Street, Bourne, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 30 and he is listed as a fishmonger.

Relatives in services

  • None found


  • No marriage for William has been found and we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • None found

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that William Bray, 18214, 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 23rd October 1916 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • None found


  • The British Medal
    The Victory Medal
    The 15 Star


  • UK:
  • Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
    Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of William Bray, 18214, 2nd Bn, Lincolnshire Regiment, who died on 23 October 1916
    Brother of Miss E. A. Bray of North St, Bourne, Lincs.
    Remembered with honour, Bancourt British Cemetery.

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • Enlisted Bourne


  • This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed


  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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