No. 6979739, 1st Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Killed on active service on Friday 6 October 1944 (aged 32)
Faenza War Cemetery, Italy (Grave V. D. 21)
After Private John Wray (No. 6979739) was killed in action on Friday 6 October 1944, his brother Frank and sister-in-law Nan who lived in Ivy Cottage, Newtownards Road, Bangor placed a Killed on Active Service notice in the 18 November edition of the County Down Spectator.
John Wray was born on 22 March 1912, and was baptised in Donegal Presbyterian Church, Donegal Town. He was the eldest son of John and Mary (May) Wray (nee Wilson) of Tullyearl, Laghey, Co. Donegal. They were married on 26 May 1910 in Drumholm Parish Church of Ireland Church, Ballintra, Co. Donegal.
John Wray Senior was a farmer who served in the Army during the First World War, and he and May had at least nine children:
Sarah Anne (born 17 March 1911 in Townlough, Laghey, Co. Donegal)
John (born 22 March 1912 in Townlough, Laghey, Co. Donegal)
Isabella (born 11 September 1914 in Townlough, Laghey, Co. Donegal)
Francis (Frank, born 21 August 1915)
Mary Jane (born 12 May 1917 in Townlough, Laghey, Co. Donegal)
George (born 3 August 1919 in Townlough, Laghey, Co. Donegal)
Margaret (born 3 March 1921)
Alexander (born 24 February 1922)
Henry (born 18 February 1924)
Prior to the start of the Second World War, John Wray served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and during the war he served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise’s). His marriage to Winifred May Richards was registered in the fourth quarter of 1940 in Newtown, Montgomeryshire in Wales and Winifred lived in Abermule, Montgomeryshire. The 1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders landed on Sicily during Operation Husky in 1943 and from February 1944 fought during the Italian Campaign.
Private John Wray (No. 6979739) was buried in Faenza War Cemetery, Italy, and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
‘THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE’
PEACE, PERFECT PEACE