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Hector Bertram GRAY (aka Dolly) [1911-1943]
Awarded George Cross posthumously and also holder of Air Force Medal
Flight Lieutenant Gray was part of a group taken prisoner (also see Captain Ford and Colonel Newnham) 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.
On 18 December 1943 the group of now physically weak prisoners were taken from Stanley Prison to Big Wave Bay and executed by firing squad.
Flight Lieutenant Gray is buried in Stanley Military Cemetery, Hong Kong, grave reference 1.A.59.
The award of the George Cross to Flight Lieutenant Gray was published in the London Gazette on 18 April 1946:
The KING has been graciously pleased to approve a posthumous award of the GEORGE CROSS in recognition of most conspicuous gallantry in carryingout hazardous work in a very brave manner,:
Flight Lieutenant Hector Bertram GRAY, AFM, Royal Air Force.