Reginald Arthur Bray (20 May 1869 - 31 July 1950) was a socialist politician and author.

He was the eldest son of Sir Reginald More Bray, a high court judge of Shere, near Guildford in Surrey, and his wife Emily Octavia née Barclay.[1][2][3]

Educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge, he graduated in 1891.[2] He became interested in socialism and moved to south London where he took part in philanthropic work in Lambeth and Camberwell.[3] He had a great interest in education and was co-opted onto the London School Board in May 1903.[4] The school board was abolished in 1904, with the London County Council taking over its responsibilities. Bray was elected to the county council in March 1904 as a Progressive Party councillor representing Camberwell (North). He served on the county council's Education Committee, and wrote two books: The Town Child (1907)[5] and Boy Labour and Apprenticeship (1912)[6] and

In 1904 he took over the management of his father's estates in Surrey.[3] He retired from the LCC at the 1919 election, and moved to the Manor House in Shere. He became a member of Guildford Rural District Council and chairman of Shere Parish Council.[3]

Bray never married and died in July 1950, aged 81[7]

Mentioned here [1].

Some information here [2]

His papers are at the Surrey History Centre [3]


  1. THE BRAY FAMILY OF SHERE. Exploring Surrey's Past. Surrey History Centre.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bray, Reginald Arthur. A Cambridge Alumni Database.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Bray Family of Shere: Manorial and Estate Records and Family Papers. The National Archives.
  4. "London School Board". The Times: p. 12. 29 May 1903. 
  5. Bray, Reginald Arthur (1907). The Town Child. London. 
  6. Bray, Reginald Arthur (1912). Boy Labour and Apprenticeship. London. 
  7. "Deaths". The Times: p. 1. 1 August 1950.