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Regiment & Unit/Ship

Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve

H.M.S. Formidable.

Date of Death

Died 09 August 1945

Age 27 years old

Buried or commemorated at


Panel 13.


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  • Country of Service Canadian
  • Awards Victoria Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Mentioned in Despatches
  • Additional Info Son of John Balfour Gray and Wilhelmina Gray, of Nelson, British Columbia.
  • Additional Citation note

    The citation in the London Gazette of 16th January, 1946, gives the following particulars : For great valour in leading an attack on a Japanese destroyer in Onagawa Wan on 9th August, 1945. In the face of fire from shore batteries and a heavy concentration of fire from some five warships, Lieutenant Gray pressed home his attack, flying very low in order to ensure success. Although he was hit and his aircraft was in flames, he obtained at least one direct hit, sinking the destroyer. Lieutenant Gray constantly showed a brilliant fighting spirit and most inspiring leadership.

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