Gunner Hugh Andrews Spray (1465681) served in an attachment to Headquarters, 3rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade, Royal Artillery during World War Two. He was the son of John Spray and Agnes Spray of Glenfarne Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim.
Spray was a member of Beresford Accordion Band who had a brush with the law in July 1935. During the marching season that year, 14 members of that band and 15 members of St. Mary’s Accordion Band appeared in Belfast Summons Court. The charge was playing provocative music opposite streets inhabited by political opponents. The incident took place on Upper North Street on 1st July 1935.
British Expeditionary Force
Before the outbreak of World War Two, Hugh worked for Messrs. J and TM Greeves Ltd. He enlisted in the British Army in September 1939.
Spray died on 16th June 1940 aged 23 years old having served throughout the early stages of the Second World War in France and Belgium. He received serious wounds on duty and was on transport back to England at the time of his death.
Hugh Andrews Spray’s grave is in Section D1, Grave 464 of Dundonald Cemetery, Dundonald, Co. Down. His headstone bears the inscription:
Also John H Spray, loved husband of Agnes Spray, died 21st April 1933. Agnes died 13th March 1962.