Lieutenant-General Sir Michael Gray KCB, OBE

01 Jan 1932 - 13 Mar 2011

  • Legion d'Honneur medal

Lt Gen Sir Mike Gray was born in May 1932. He enlisted into the Royal Artillery in 1950  and was later commissioned into the East Yorkshire Regiment in 1952, spending his first two years with them in the Malayan jungle during the Emergency.

He transferred to the Parachute Regiment in 1955 and went onto serve in Cyprus, Suez, Jordan, Bahrain, Aden, Radfan, Kenya and Northern Ireland.

His service appointments included Brigade Major of 44 PARA Brigade 1964-66, Commanding Officer of 1 PARA 1969-71, Commander of 16 PARA Bde 1977-79 and Colonel Commandant of the Parachute Regiment from 1990-93.

Mike Gray was a long standing Chairman of the Airborne Assault Normandy Trust and helped to create two museums in France. In recognition of these efforts he was awarded the French Legion d'Honneur in 1994. He also served as  Lieutenant of the Tower of London from 1995 to 1998.

He died in York Hospital on 13 March 2011.

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