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Wynne Rae (Gray) Milford (1894 - 1969)

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Wynne Rae (Winnie) Milford formerly Gray
Born in Brunswick, Victoria, Australiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 13 Nov 1919 in East Finchley, Middlesex, Englandmap
Died in Mornington, Victoria, Australiamap
Profile last modified 14 Jun 2019 | Created 14 May 2018
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Biography

Wynne Rae "Winnie" Gray was born in 1894 at Brunswick, Victoria, Australia. She was the fourth and youngest daughter of Thomas Gray and Amelia Smith.[1]

Having travelled to England to be closer to her decorated Australian army Great War veteran, Major Edward James "Ted" Milford DSO, they married on 13th November 1919 in the Holy Trinity Church of England, East Finchley, Middlesex.[2] They remained in England whilst Edwards completed various military courses and postings. While still in England in July 1925 their only child, John Edward Gibbon Milford was born.[3]

Winnie's little family eventually made their way to Victoria when Edward returned to take up a new military position, between 1926 and 1929. John, whilst born in England, was the son of Australian parents, so held Australian citizenship. They were back in England in 1930-31 as Ted attended Staff College, Camberley. Wynne's distress levels would have climbed quite high once more during the Second World War, during which Ted, as a Major General, commanded the 5th Division in Queensland and Papua, and later the 7th Division at Borneo. How proud she would have been to see him receive appointment to both Companion of the Order of the Bath and Companion of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his military leadership.

Wynne passed away, aged 74 years, in 1969 on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.[4] Ted passed away three years later. John, and grandson, Michael, also built military careers.

Sources

  1. Victoria Birth Index #18462/1894
  2. UK FreeBMD Marriage Index Dec qtr 1919, vol 3a, page 900; registered at Barnet, Middlesex
  3. UK FreeBMD Birth Index Sep qtr 1925, vol 1d, page 1107
  4. Victoria Death Index #1203/1969


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