Meanwhile in Carluke in the 1881 Census we have a Thomas Gray, Master Baker living in Chapel Street. He was aged 32 and employed 2 men, 1 boy and 1 girl in the bakery, which was a thriving shop near the corner of High Street and Chapel Street delivering to the township.
Thomas was also a Saturday Soldier in the Lanarkshire Yeomanry, formed in the 1860s when it was believed the French were likely to invade Britain.
Being a man of importance now in Carluke, Thomas was probably promoted due to his being a shopkeeper and by around 1885 he was known as Major Gray commanding G Company 9th LRV (Carluke) His brother Johnnie also enlisted becoming Quartermaster Sgt. Family Tree .
By 1891 it is recorded in Hamilton Advertiser that Major Tom Gray and D Company muster at the Public Hall and march to the Established Church for Sunday service there to listen to a most eloquent address from Rev. J. W. Wilson. There were 47 present of all ranks.
By now he is known around town as Major Gray and letters arrive simply as Major Gray, Carluke.