James Hamilton Gray

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James Hamilton Gray

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1902-?

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James Hamilton Gray was the son of David Dargie Gray, station master at West Ferry Station, Broughty Ferry, and his wife, Mary Brown Robertson. James attended the Eastern School, Broughty Ferry where he received the Dux Price for General Excellence in June 1915. From there he went on to Harris Academy in Dundee and then Dundee Technical College where between 1917 and 1921 he received Class Certificates in Jute Manufacturing and also in 1921 a qualification in Home and Foreign Trade from Dundee Chamber of Commerce. While he was studying he was working at David Low and Company at Ann Street Works, Dundee; he worked there until March 6 1922.
By 1923 he was in India and from January 1923 to March 1947 he was employed by the Barnagore Factory and the Bally Jute Co., Ltd. In March he was promoted to the executive staff of Jardine Henderson Ltd where he remained until his retirement in 1956.
During his first year in India he was ill; there are no specific details about the illness though a letter he wrote suggests he had been ill for 7 weeks. In the same year he enrolled with The Cossipore Artillery. Between 1930 and 1932 he passed examinations in Hindustani and Bengali. According to his niece, he was also an arbitrator of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and a commissioner of the Barnigore Municipality, under British Rule.
In 1950 he married Margery Strachan Ross at St Andrew's, Church of Scotland, Calcutta and on his retirement in 1956 he and his wife returned to Broughty Ferry.

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