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Henry Gray
« on: Friday 21 October 22 20:47 BST (UK) »
Henry Gray (my Great Uncle) was born in Bath, Somerset on 16th December 1885. His parents were Edward and Catherine. He was a professional soldier first in the Royal  Devonshire Regiment but then the Royal Engineers where in the 1921 census his is listed as a lineman with Sagt rank. He is single in the 1921 census. Then I loose him completely. I canít see him on the 1939 census but there is no death. I found a death in Lewisham in 1925 but having obtained the death certificate itís not him. I have ancestry but not international. I have written to Royal Engineers museum and still awaiting a reply. Any thoughts about how I might proceed?

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Re: Henry Gray
« Reply #1 on: Friday 21 October 22 21:31 BST (UK) »
My understanding is that military folk are not in the 1939. 
Any chance you know his military number?

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Re: Henry Gray
« Reply #2 on: Friday 21 October 22 21:37 BST (UK) »
The 1939 National Register (it wasn't a census!) was originally intended for issuing Identity Cards and Ration Books.
Military personnel were accounted for differently - so they don't appear in the Register.

After WW2 the Register was used by the NHS until the 1990's.
That's why it isn't a census (which accounts for the population on a given night).
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Re: Henry Gray
« Reply #3 on: Friday 21 October 22 21:43 BST (UK) »
Ah I didnít realise military personal didnít appear in it, so I had assumed Henry was either dead or living overseas his army number was 344543


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Re: Henry Gray
« Reply #4 on: Friday 21 October 22 21:56 BST (UK) »
So he was still single in 1921 at age 36.  By 1939 he was 54 so unless he was a career soldier he may not have been involved in WW2.

Have you considered whether he emigrated?
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Re: Henry Gray
« Reply #5 on: Friday 21 October 22 21:57 BST (UK) »
Can I just ask, was his father Edward still alive in 1921 and if so have you found him on that census? Trying to see if a 1921 census entry and another record could be a link to Henry.

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Re: Henry Gray
« Reply #6 on: Friday 21 October 22 21:58 BST (UK) »
He was a career solider joining at 18. I have considered emmegration but havenít seen anything to clarify that

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Re: Henry Gray
« Reply #7 on: Friday 21 October 22 21:59 BST (UK) »
Edward died in 1922 in London.

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Re: Henry Gray
« Reply #8 on: Friday 21 October 22 22:01 BST (UK) »
Edward was living at 9 Hazelhurst Road Tooting when he died