Hugh Glass (footballer)

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Hugh Glass

Hugh Glass
🏳️ Nationality
George Gordon
💼 Occupation
Date of birth 1919
Place of birth Bonnyrigg, East Lothian, Scotland
Date of death 26 November 1942 (aged 23)
Place of death SS Ocean Crusader, North Atlantic Ocean, off Canada
Playing position Left-winger
Youth career
-1938 Bonnyrigg Rose
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1938-39 Arsenal 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only Logo.png Search Hugh Glass (footballer) on Amazon.

Hugh Glass (1919 - 26 November 1942) was a professional footballer who played as a left-winger for Arsenal. He played two matches for the team in the 1938-39 Southern Football League. He joined the Merchant Navy during the Second World War and was killed in action serving in HX convoy 216.

Early life[edit]

Hugh Glass was born in 1919, the son of John and Annie Glass of Bonnyrigg, East Lothian, Scotland.[1][2]

Football career[edit]

Glass is known to have played as a left-winger for his hometown youth club, Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic F.C., at some point before 1938. In September of that year, he was signed by Arsenal. He never made the first team, but appeared in two matches during the 1938-1939 Southern Football League, partnering with Denis Compton in one.[3]

Military career and death[edit]

Glass joined the Merchant Navy after the outbreak of the Second World War, serving under the name George Gordon. His only known post was as a greaser on the SS Ocean Crusader, a steam merchant ship. The Ocean Crusader was one out of 60 cargo ships built in the United States.

On the afternoon of 26 November 1942, the Ocean Crusader was sailing about 330 miles off Newfoundland in convoy HX-216. After encountering severe weather, the ship was straggling behind the convoy. Whilst apparently heading towards St. John's, the ship was hit on the port side and amidships by two G7e torpedoes fired by U-262. The ship was stopped by the torpedoes, but not sunk, and the U-boat attempted to sink the merchant ship by firing another torpedo, but it missed. The U-boat left the area after an hour. The radio operator had sent a SOS, but all 44 on board died in the sinking, including Greaser Hugh Glass, who has no known grave; he is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial.[3][2][4]


  1. "Hugh Glass". Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Hugh Glass (British)". Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rippon, Anton (2007). Gas Masks for Goal Posts. The History Press. Search this book on Logo.png
  4. "Ocean Crusader". Retrieved 26 February 2020.

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