Charles Gray's headstone at Savy Cemetery

Charles Gray's headstone at Savy British Cemetery


The inscription reads

27373 Private
C D Gray
Highland Light Infantry
2nd April 1917 age 20

Tho' far from home
We'll meet again

When partings are no more


1917 Savy British Cemetery 1919

Savy Cemetery entrance

The Cemetery entrance taken from the Savy - Holnon road.

Savy British Cemetery

15th H.L.I. graves in the foreground with the Cross of Sacrifice behind

View cemetery plan

Photographs at Savy taken August 2001

Graves Registration photograph, 1917

This photograph of the original grave near Holnon was sent to the family by Graves Registration Service in 1917.


War Office letter

The letter of August 1917 advising the location of Charlie's grave near Savy.
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Imperial War Graves Commisson letter

The letter of February 1920 advising the re-location of Charlie's grave within the newly created Savy British Cemetery.
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In July 1929 Helen Gray travelled on a pilgrimage to the former battlefields of France and Flanders
with a party of families from the North East of Scotland and visited her son's grave at Savy.
(Click to view full details and photos of 1929 pilgrimage)

Savy British Cemetery, 1929

Mrs Gray stands by her son's grave at Savy

Savy British Cemetery, 1929

Charlie lies among his H.L.I. comrades from the original grave who fell on the same day in April 1917



The Glasgow Tramways Battalion Memorial


15 Batt HLI  Roll of Honour

The Glasgow Tramways Battalion Memorial.

The name of Pte Charles Gray is recorded on the Tramways Battalion Memorial now located within the Museum of Transport in The Kelvin Hall, Glasgow. It bears the names of over 1000 men.

The inscription below the HLI Regimental Badge reads

In proud and affectionate remembrance of the Officers,Warrant Officers, Non Commissioned Officers and men of The 15th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, City of Glasgow Regiment (Tramways Battalion) who made the Supreme Sacrifice for their King and Country in the Great War 1914-1918. Also of those members of the Battalion who died serving with other units.


The name of Charles D Gray

The name of Pte Charles Gray on the Roll of Honour.


Inside Glasgow Transport Museum

The Memorial is on the wall at the rear of the Tram in
The Glasgow Transport Museum.

Photographed May 2001

The headstone of Charles Gray

SavyBritish Cemetery 2003

Photographed June 2003
These photographs at Savy were kindly supplied by
Phil Saunders Head Gardener CWGC Peronne Group ( covering Savy BC)


Savy British Cemetery 2003

In front of the headstone are Phlox and Saxifaga...... to the sides Rosa ' Amber Queen , Aster amellus....

Family photographs and letters are reproduced here
by kind permission of his nephew Robert Smith, Sunside.