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Gray, Hector Bertram

Date of birth:
June 6th, 1911 (Gillingham/Kent, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
December 18th, 1943 (Sham Shui Prison Camp, Hong Kong)
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Graves Stanley (Hong Kong)
Plot: 1. Row: A. Grave: 59.
Service number:
561238
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Rank:
Sergeant
Unit:
Long Range Development Unit, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
April 28th, 1939
"in recognition of services rendered as members of the crews of two aircraft which, having flown non-stop from Ismailia to Port Darwin on 5th-7th November, 1938, established a world's long-distance record."
Air Force Medal
"In recognition of most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner."
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Flight Lieutenant Gray was part of a group taken prisoner in Hong Kong during December 1941. During his captivity he did all he could to sustain the morale of his fellow prisoners. He smuggled much needed drugs into the camp and distributed them to those who were seriously ill, and he also ran a news service on information he received from people outside the camp. He was tortured continually over a period of nearly 6 months to make him divulge the names of his informants, but he disclosed nothing.

The King was graciously pleased to approve a posthumous award of the GEORGE CROSS in recognition of most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner.

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