BRAY, Hubert Alaric Arthur

Known as: 
'Oner'
Rank: 
Captain (later Lieutenant Colonel)
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Dorsetshire Regiment
Service: 
Army
Service numbers: 
71164
Honours & Awards: 
Lieutenant (Acting Captain) Hubert Bray was awarded the Military Cross [1] in May 1940 for gallant and distinguished services whilst commanding the Carrier Platoon of the 2nd Dorsets involved in the defence of Festubert, France [2].
 
Captain Bray was one of the initial selected Officers on 5 July 1940 for the new No. 5 Commando,  the Commando itself being formed on 18 July 1940.  Captain Bray took command of No. 9 troop [3]. An image in our gallery of a banknote is annotated with some names and ranks of 1 troop. The annotation there shows 'Major Bray MC'.[4].
 
  • 28 January 1945 substantive rank of Captain [5].
  • 28 January 1950 promoted Major, Dorset Regt. [6].
  • 13 November 1958 promoted Lieutenant Colonel, Devon/Dorsets [7].
  • 8 April 1971 retires [8].
The death of " Lt. Colonel H.A.A. 'Oner' Bray MC (5 Cdo) of East Malling, Kent" was announced in Commando Association newsletter 60 issued March 1975.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 34893, page 4263.
[2] National Archive file WO373/15/144.
[3] List of Officers No. 5 Commando formation [view....].
[4] CVA Gallery image of Japanese banknote with names of 1 tp.
[5] London Gazette 36912, page 619.
[6] London Gazette 38823, page 465.
[7] London Gazette 41640, page 1313.
[8] London Gazette 45340, page 3584.
 

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