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  • Photograph was published in the Hucknall Dispatch following his death and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
Person Details
Hucknall Torkard Nottinghamshire
He was the son of Sarah and the late Thomas Spray and the brother of Edwin, Thomas and Gladys Mary Spray. They lived at 4 Bestwood Road Butler's Hill Hucknall Torkard Nottinghamshire.
He was a Shetland Shawl maker.
29 Apr 1917
29
1670816 - CWGC Website
203459
4 Bestwood Road, Hucknall, Nottingham
Private
1/5th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private John William Spray, enlisted on 27th January 1916 (ASR) at Hucknall he was 28 yrs and 6 months old, he lived at 4 Bestwood Road, Hucknall and was a Shetland shawl maker, his next of kin was his mother Sarah of the same address, he gave his religion as that of a Wesleyan. The following day he was placed into the reserves and on 3rd March 1916 he was mobilised for war he embarked for France on 11th July 1916 landing in Boulogne, he joined the 1/5th battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire) Regiment, in the field on 22nd July 1916. He was killed on the night of 28th/29th April 1917 during a trench raid near Lens in northern France. He has no known grave, his name is commemorated on the Arras memorial.
An article published after his death in the Hucknal Dispatch reads :- “Pte. John William Spray, who is one added to the list of fallen Hucknall heroes, formerly worked for Mr. Calladine in Titchfield street as a shawl hand, and residing with his mother at 4, Bestwood road, Hucknall. He joined the Forces on March, 2, 1916, and was drafted to France in July of the same year, being attached to the 5th Sherwood Foresters. He received his training at Belton Park and Marchchaple. He remained in the firing line for nine months, when letters ceased to arrive from him. He was officially reported missing on April 29, 1917, and efforts were made to get into touch with him by means of the Red Cross and Order of St. John, and other agencies. A company sergt.-major bore out the military authorities as to his being missing, stating that several men were put on that list after a raid on the enemy’s trenches. “Some time later a letter was received from the Red Cross Society, giving a copy of a letter received from Sergt. Lomas, also of the 5th Sherwood Foresters, stating that while he was on patrol the body of Pte. John William Spray was found near Lens, his identity being established by a paper bearing his name and number being found in his pocket. He must have been killed on the night of April 28, when their company made a raid. The writer stated that he buried Spray at the spot where he found him.” Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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  • Photograph was published in the Hucknall Dispatch following his death and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    John William Spray - Photograph was published in the Hucknall Dispatch following his death and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918