John Parnwell Gray was the brother of Charles Shortland Gray, killed at Loos in 1915. He was born in Stamford on 14th April 1898 and attended Oundle from September 1911 until July 1915. He was on the receiving end of that infamous 96-0 defeat suffered by Crosby in the first round of the rugby house matches in 1912. In house cricket it was scarcely any better as Parwell’s team was routed by School House by an innings and 95 runs. However, he was victorious as cox for Crosby in the junior IVs.
After Oundle, he was a Gentleman Cadet at RMA Woolwich, then commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery in January 1918. He served in France from February 1918 until May of that year, when he was seriously wounded. He died at York Hill Military Hospital, Glasgow on 13th September 1918 as a result of illness stemming from the injuries suffered on active service. It seems that his injuries were the result of an accident rather than caused by enemy fire.
He was 20 years old at the time of his death and was buried at home in Stamford.