Gray, William

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Gray, William

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1890-1962

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There are two different records for a William Gray who studied at The Glasgow School of Art at the time of the First World War (1) William Gray was born in Partick on the 18th November 1890 to Jane Anne Grey (née Blain) and David Grey, a gardener and domestic servant. Gray attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1909 to 1910, 1912 to 1915 and again from 1919 to 1920 as a part time student of drawing and painting, studying full time in his final year. During the First World War, it is possible that Gray served as a private with the Cameron Highlanders battalion. Gray died in Cathcart, in 1948, aged 58. (2) William Gray was born in Milton, Glasgow on the 11th September 1888, to Catherine Gray (née McDonald) and Robert Gray, recorded as both a soap boiler and a plumber. Gray attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1905 to 1909 as a part time student of drawing and painting and again in 1922 to 1924. During the First World War, it is possible that Gray served as a private with the Cameron Highlanders battalion. Gray died in Milton, in 1951, aged 63. A William Gray was awarded a medal for excellence in drawing and painting. He exhibited at RGI in the 1930s-1950s from Berryhill Drive, Giffnock, Glasgow. A William Gray is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art’s First World War Roll of Honour, it is unclear which William Gray is referred to. If you have any more information, please get in touch.

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Scotland’s People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ ;The National Archives: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/; Ancestry: www.ancestry.co.uk; Lives of the First World War: https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/

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