PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasHenry WRAY, C.M.G.
Birth date and place1 Jan 1826 Demerara, South America (now Guyana).
Baptism date and place
Civil Census ResidencesPall Mall St James, Westminster, London (1841).
High Street, Banks Terrace, Sheerness, Kent (1851).
1 Nile Terrace, New Road, Rochester, Kent (1871).
101 Comeragh Road, Fulham, London (1891).
ProfessionOfficer in the British Army, Corps of Royal Engineers.
Lieutenant Governor of Jersey, Channel Islands.
DecorationsC.M.G. (Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George).
Marriage date and place18 May 1848 Gibraltar.
SpouseMary DRINKWATER.
ChildrenMary 1849, Gibraltar.
Alice 1850 (d.1851 at sea), Chelsea, Middlesex, England.
Catherine 1852 Fremantle, Western Australia.
Henry 1855 (d.1855), Fremantle, Western Australia.
Louisa 1859, Pimlico, London.
Charles Drinkwater 1862, Hythe, Kent.
Death date and place6 Apr 1900 “Orotava”, Grosvenor Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire.
Cause of Death: Pneumonia.
Burial date and place
Will and Probate14 May 1900 Probate, London Registry. Effects £667 13s. 10d.
Death Notices & ObituariesLondon Times 9 Apr 1900.
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers.
Service No. and Rank2nd Lieutenant, from Cadet Company.
Attestation date and place20 Dec 1843 Woolwich, Kent.
Service at Home & AbroadSee WO25-3913 in sidebar.
Promotions2nd Lieutenant 20 Dec 1843.
1st Lieutenant 1 Apr 1846.
2nd Captain 17 Feb 1854.
1st Captain 29 Oct 1856.
Major 18 Nov 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel 6 Jul 1869.
Colonel Brevet 6 Jul 1872.
Colonel 27 Feb 1876.
Major General 26 Apr 1882.
Lieutenant General 5 Nov 1887.
Courts Martial (and type)None.
Discharge date and place5 Nov 1887 Jersey, Channel Islands.
Length of Service43 years 320 days.
Retirement Pay: £700 per annum.
Statement of Services ReferenceWO25-3913-157.
Post Discharge Residence
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipAnna Robertson.
Departure and Arrival datesDep. Woolwich 10 Sep 1851. Arr. Fremantle 18 Dec 1851.
Letter written by Wray to Hutchinson dated 4 Jul 1851 [Acc 4436A State Library WA].
Occupations post-arrival in WACaptain of Royal Sappers & Miners.
Supervised the construction of the Convict Establishment (Fremantle Prison).
Acting Comptroller General of Convicts 26 Feb 1856 to 1 Feb 1858.
Magistrate.
Subscriptions to FundsNightingale Fund £1 0s. 0d. January 1857.
Land Acquisition
Ship ex-WANile.
Departure date and destination4 Feb 1858 Fremantle for Colombo and London.