Second Lieutenant Cyril Ivor Bray 206th Squadron

Written by Karen Day
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Introduction

Cyril Bray died on the 7th of July 1918, aged 18.

Son of William and S E. Bray, of Fern Lea, Old Crosby, Scunthorpe, Lincs. Native of Ellerker Borough, Yorks. Cyril was born in Ellerker, Yorkshire on 6th Nov 1899.

His Father was born in Ellerker and the family can be found on the 1901 Census with Father William working as a Foreman on District Council Highways and as Sexton to St. Anns Church of England (Ellerker Beverley Yorks). His parent's marriage was in 1898 and he later had siblings Siblings Edna Valerie (b.1902), Eric Leslie (b.1904), Nora Elma (b.1903), Myra Mary (b.1910).

His Mother's maiden name was Beacock and she was born at Thealby (as was her Father John) along with other siblings born in both Normanby & Thealby.

By the 1911 Census the family were living at 4 Old Row Burton Stather with his father working on a Gentleman’s private estate, likely the Sheffield Estate, as a Backer off for general wood – Sawyer's assistant.

206 Squadron

Originally formed as No 6 Squadron RNAS on 31 December 1916 from A Squadron, No 4 Wing at Petite Synthe, however, its career as a fighter squadron was short-lived as it disbanded on 27 August 1917. No 6 Squadron RNAS reformed on 1 November 1917 in the day-bomber role, equipped initially with DH4s, these being replaced with DH9s in February and it was this type that the squadron took into action for the first time on 9 March 1918. Initially allocated to No 5 Wing RNAS, it was transferred to 11th (Army) Wing of the RFC on 31 March and the following day was renumbered No 206 Squadron on the formation of the RAF. It continued to operate in the Army role until the end of hostilities, when it moved in to Germany as part of the Army of Occupation, where it carried out an air mail service. In May 1919 the unit returned to France and the next month it moved to Egypt where on the 1 February 1920 it was disbanded by being re-numbered No 47 Squadron

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Service

The grave of Cyril Ivor Bray, Sailly-Sur-La-Lys Cemetery
  • He enlisted in Royal Flying Corps on 13th Nov 1917 (previous occupation Accountant) as Air Mechanic 3
  • Transferred to RAF 1st Apr 1918 as Private 2
  • Granted flying cadetship 25th Apr 1918
  • Commissioned 2nd Lt (Observer) 15th Jun 1918
  • Killed in Action 7th Jul 1918

Circumstances of Death

Operating with No206 Squadron based at Alquines France. Observer in Airco DH9 Serial No D1730 piloted by Lt J R Harrington. Took off at 16:40 for long reconnaissance mission but forced to turn back. Possibly shot down.

Record Details for Cyril Ivor Bray

First Names:Cyril Ivor
Initials:C. I.
Surname:Bray
DOB:Circa
Age:18
Nationality:British
Resided:Ellerker, Borough, Yorks
Death Date:
Family Info:Son of William and S E. Bray, of "Fern Lea," Old Crosby, Scunthorpe, Lincs.
Rank:Second Lieutenant
Service Number:110157
Service:RAF
Squadron:206th Squadron
Grave:ANZAC CEMETERY, SAILLY-SUR-LA-LYS - III. M. 3. Mapphoto

Map

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Remembered with Honour.

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