Henry Gray

Henry was born at Skirts of Foudland where his father farmed They later moved to Harthill of Oyne Each of the sons worked in turn on the family farm

By all accounts the father was a harsh man and a slave driver As soon as they dared the sons left home to work else where and Henry followed the rule

He served in the Gordon Highlanders in World War 1and was injured by shellfire on the way to the trenches on his first arrival. He returned to farm work after the war

While working at West Fingask he was taken ill and rushed to hospital in Aberdeen In his head a blood vessel had ruptured exerting pressure on the brain and causing permanent damage leaving him paralysed down his left side Thus disabled he was unable to hold full time employment.

However this misfortune brought out everything that was best in him With time he greatly over came his handicap increasing his mobility and teaching himself to cope He bought an old tricycle, learnt to ride it and thus mounted became a familiar sight in the district with his gardening tools strapped to the crossbar

He died of a recurrence at the comparatively early age of 49, a day or two short of his birthday

Cause of death was given as Intracranial Tumours and Hypostatic Pneumonia

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This is a work in progress to put some of my late father (Jeff Gray's) research on the Internet. The continued effort is to add the source data and photographs.