George Bray was the second of the four children of William Henry Bray and Sarah Eleanor Bray (née Phillips). Both of the Bray parents had been born in England. George Bray’s siblings were Sarah Eleanor, junior (b. 1883), Lucy (b. 1884) and Walter George (b. 1888). All four of the Bray children were born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where William Bray was headmaster at a college in the city.
George Bray, who has the middle name (or patronym) ‘Vassilievich’ in some Russian sources, became a member of the nascent Krestovsky Lawn Tennis Club in Saint Petersburg circa 1900, and was later its treasurer. He was a director and, from 1913-17, vice-president, of the Russian-English Bank in Saint Petersburg.
George Bray won the men’s singles event at the early All-Russian Lawn Tennis Championships in 1907 and 1909 and, together with his brother, Walter (listed as ‘Vladimir’ in some early sources), the men’s doubles title in the years 1908-11. With the advent of the October Revolution in 1917, George Bray left Russia. As of September 1939, he was a company director and living in Kensington, London. His wife, Alice Augusta Bray, had died in London in August 1934.They had had at least two children together, boys name Reginald and Lawrence.
George Bray died in London in September 1954 at the age of 73. From the National Probate Calendar of England and Wales: Bray, George Walter William Henry, of 41 Kensington Mansions, Trebovir Road, Kensington, London, and of Rose Cottage, Littleham, near Bideford, Devonshire, died 1 September 1954 at 41 Kensington Mansions. Probate London, 3 February 1955 to Reginald George Arthur de Bray, university lecturer, and Lawrence Lancelot Geoffrey Bray, company director. Effects: £5,569, 4s, 7d.
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