Hugh Andrews Spray

Gunner Hugh Andrews Spray of Glenfarne Street, Belfast died on 16th June 1940 while en route back to the United Kingdom to receive treatment for his wounds.


Hugh Andrews Spray


Gunner Hugh Andrews Spray received wounds while on active service in France with the British Expeditionary Force in 1940. He died on his return to England for treatment.

Gunner Hugh Andrews Spray (1465681) served in an attachment to Headquarters, 3rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade, Royal Artillery during the Second World War. He was the son of John Spray and Agnes Spray of Glenfarne Street, Belfast.

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 the Second World War, Hugh worked for Messrs. J and TM Greeves Ltd. He enlisted in the British Army in September 1939. He died on 16th June 1940 aged 23 years old having served throughout the early stages of the Second World War in France and Belgium. There, 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.