Grays Peak

Feature Type:Peak (2) - Summit of a mountain or hill, or the mountain or hill itself.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Between headwaters of Kokanee and Coffee Creeks, S end Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, Kootenay Land District
Tags: World War II
Latitude-Longitude: 49°43'36''N, 117°07'28''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82F/11

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 12 March 1946 on BC map 4B; decision conveyed to BC Geographic Division by telegraph from Geographic Board of Canada, just before map went to press.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Named to remember brothers RCAF Flight Sergeant John Balfour Gray, and RCN Lieutenant Pilot Robert Hampton Gray, VC. The brothers were born in Trail and grew up in Nelson; John was the first Nelson man to die during WWII, and Robert was the last Nelson man to die during hostilities. Parents: John Balfour Gray, Sr., and Wilhelmina Gray, Nelson.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

RCAF Flight Sergeant John ("Jack") Balfour Gray, R58225, recipient of the Aircrew Europe Star; serving as Air Gunner with 144 RAF Squadron when he was killed during a mine-laying operation, 27 February 1942, age 21. Buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Doncaster, UK, grave G. 63; and his older brother......RCNVR Lieutenant Robert Hampton ("Hammy") Gray, VC, DSC, killed in action 9 August 1945, age 27 - the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki and 5 days before the war ended - by crashing his flaming Corsair bomber into a Japanese destroyer at the cost of his own life. Earlier in 1945 he had been awarded the DSC, and was posthumously awarded Canada's 13th Victoria Cross. With no grave but the sea, his name is inscribed on the Halifax Memorial, panel 13.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office