George Alfred Hewitt Gay

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Gunner

Service No:           141494

Unit:                     “C” Bty. 58th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.       

George was born in Bristol 1893 he was the 3rd child of Aaron & Maria Gay (nee Ford). In 1911 the family were resident at 1 Harding Barton, Bethel Road, St. George; Aaron was a boot maker as was George and his two siblings.

 The 58th Brigade RFA was formed as part of the raising of the First New Army, K1.

This brigade was originally comprised of numbers 184, 185 and 186 Batteries RFA and the Brigade Ammunition Column. It was placed under command of the 11th (Northern) Division. In February 1915 the three six-gun batteries were reorganised to become four four-gun batteries and were titled as A, B, C and D. The brigade sailed for operations in the Mediterranean, and arrived at Anzac Beach for operations at Gallipoli on 9 August 1915. A week later it was moved to the Left Flank Artillery in the Suvla Bay area and came under temporary command of the 10th (Irish) Division. It left Gallipoli on 18 December 1915 and reached Alexandria in Egypt on 2 January 1916.

D Battery left to join 133 Brigade RFA on 26 April 1916. On 15 June 1916 a howitzer battery joined from 118 Brigade RFA and became D Battery. In late November 1916, 133 Brigade RFA was broken up and on 29 November all six guns  from its A Battery (the former D Battery of 58 Brigade) came back to 58 Brigade and a two-gun section was added to each of A, B, and C Batteries.

On 24 January 1917 a section of two howitzers joined from D Battery of 60 Brigade RFA and was added to 58 Brigade's D Battery. The brigade remained with 11th (Northern) Division throughout the war and saw service in Galipoli, Egypt and France.

Gunner George Alfred Hewitt Gay was killed in action on 5th August 1917. He is buried and Remembered with Honour at the Bard Cottage Cemetery. Grave Reference: IV. D. 46.

Image courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

 George would have been entitled to the British War Medal & Victory Medal, it is not known if these were claimed by his next of kin.

References 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Long Long Trail

1891, 1901 & 1911 census.