Michael Joseph Gray
Serial No. 18643
Australian Army Medical Corps
Michael Joseph Gray - Information
During the war years, Michael, whom was born in Picton, lived in Marrickville with his wife. He supported the family working as a railway porter and serving in the militia. He enlisted in the AIF on the 30th of April 1917, commencing his training at the Royal Showground Camp, and Liverpool Depot. Michael was posted to the Army Medical Corps as a Private, and was stationed to the Garrison Hospital and Liverpool Field Hospital for instruction. While he was training, his wife moved to 39 Lord St in Newtown. He was then sent overseas from Sydney on the 9th of November 1917 upon the HMAT Demosthenes.
Michael disembarked in Glasgow on New Years Eve. Unfortunately, on his voyage, he suffered with influenza. When he stepped off the ship, he was taken to the 3rd Scottish General Hospital. After he recovered, he was sent to the Western Front, and on the 10th of August, was attached for duty with the 2nd Australian General Hospital. Throughout and after the war, Michael helped to take care of wounded and sick troops. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on the 24th of January 1919. He then commenced his voyage home onboard the Ascanius on the 23rd of September 1919, as part of the nursing staff.