Reay ‘Ray’ Henry Aloysius Warner

September 8, 2015

WARNER, Reay -‘Ray’ Henry Aloysius- – – – SPC 1903-1905

DoB:- – 1892, Ballarat East, VIC

Father:- – George Henry Warner

Mother:- – Margaret Jane, nee Reay

Ray spent his junior years at St Patrick’s College. His brother George was also at St Patrick’s College (1907-1909) and also enlisted (Service No 393). In 1903 when Ray was in Third Class he was awarded a gold medal for coming first in piano, and he secured first place in the elocution competition for Under 13 Boys at the South Street Competitions.

In the South Street Competition the following year, it was noted that -‘Master Ray Warner, a promising young member of St Patrick’s College, carried off second in elocution, for the rendering of -‘Boys’ Rights’. And in 1905, he was awarded a prize for his performance on the piano.

The College could not identify Ray Warner’s war records.

On Wednesday 20 January, 1915, Ray married Mabel Catherine Moncrieff in Drummond Street, Carlton. The bride wore -‘-¦a graceful gown of white crepe de chine, made over petal pink silk -¦ and she wore a gold pendant, the gift of the bridegroom -¦’ After their honeymoon at Healesville and Warburton, the couple moved to Osborne Street, Williamstown.

Ray worked as an electrical engineer. He and Mabel had four children; Mamie Eulalie, Beryl Catherine, Margaret Allison and James Dugald. Mabel died on 21 February 1979 aged 85. The College could find no record of Ray’s death, but it was prior to Mabel’s as her death certificate states that she was a widow.

The College was unable to identify further details about this boy. If you are able to provide information to complete his story, please contact College Archivist, Catriona Banks -“