Albert Edward Gray was born in Ballarat and was a Painter by trade when he enlisted in the 8th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement on 20 July 1915 at the age of 18. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 28 January 1916. In April 1916, while in Egypt, he was transferred to the 58th Battalion with whom he moved to France in June. On July 19th he was wounded in action at Fromelles, suffering a gunshot wound to his left shoulder. He was evacuated to England and underwent almost a year of treatment and convalescence before he could rejoin his battalion in July 1917. Little more than two months later, on September 28th, he was wounded again while fighting near Ypres in Belgium. He received shrapnel wounds to his right shoulder and leg and was once more evacuated to England, to the Southern General Hospital in Birmingham. He returned to France in July 1918 and managed to see out the final months of the war without further injury. He returned home on the Devanha, coming ashore at Melbourne on June 23rd 1919.
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