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Pte William Albert GRAY is one of the 371 British Servicemen who died on active service during the four-year Cyprus Emergency April 1 1955 to April 18 1959, and whose name is among those remembered with honour on the British Cyprus Memorial. Serving with the Gordon Highlanders, he was one of 13 of his regiment who were killed — along with seven other British soldiers — during an anti-terrorist operation, ‘Lucky Alphonse’, on June 17 1956 when they were trapped in a fierce fire in a heavily-wooded area of the Troodos Mountains set ablaze by a mortar bomb explosion in the tinder-dry forest. Aged 20, from Birmingham, Pte Gray is buried at Wayne’s Keep, the British military cemetery in Cyprus, Plot 21 Row B Grave 11.


Added by: British Cyprus Memorial Trust on 9th July 2009.





Brian John Noble writes [26th May 2010]:

Received, thank you for the information concerning William Albert Gray. We were in the same class at Raddle Barn School, Selly Oak. He lived in Dawlish Road. It was so sad when we heard of his death. It's been so long. I am now seventy two years old, he would have been the same age if he had lived. Thank you once again.



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British Cyprus Memorial Trust

To mark the 50th anniversary of the ending of the four-year Cyprus Emergency in 1959 the British Cyprus Memorial Trust
will unveil a memorial in Kyrenia this Remembrance Day 2009
to the 371 British Servicemen who died during that campaign.
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