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Alfred SPENCER

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Surname: SPENCER

Forename(s): Alfred

Place of Birth: Hull, Yorkshire

Service No: 22809

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 10th (Service) Battalion

Division: 23rd Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1917-09-20

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 82 to 85.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: EARBY, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Alfred Spencer was the son of William and Ellen Lemmon Spencer (née Widdup). William was born at Hull and Ellen at Knottingley, Yorkshire.

1901 Earby, Yorkshire Census: 13, Albion Road - Alfred Spencer, aged 9 years, born Hull, Yorkshire, son of William and Ellen L. Spencer.

1911 Earby, Yorkshire Census: 11, Albion Road - Alfred Spencer, aged 19 years, born Hull, Yorkshire, son of Ellen Lemmon Spencer, widow.

Alfred was married to Selina Norcross in 1915 and was the brother-in-law of Private Holgate Norcross (41951) (q.v.).

The British Army Service Record for Alfred Spencer exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Alfred Spencer, 22809, W. Rid. R. Dead 20.9.17.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Alfred Spencer, 22809, 10th W. Rid. R. Presumed Dead 20.9.17.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Alfred Spencer, 22809, 10th Bn W. Riding Date and Place of Death: On or since 20.9.17 death pres'd. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Selina. £7 4s. 8d.

See also:
‘Earby in the First World War’ by Stephanie Carter, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2014).
‘Our Finest Crop’ by Steven Marshall, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2020).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---

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Private Alfred SPENCER

Private Alfred SPENCER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: SPENCER

Forename(s): Alfred

Born: Hull

Residence: Barnoldswick, Yorks

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 22809

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 10th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 20/09/17

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: SPENCER

Forename(s): Alfred

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 22809

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 10th Bn.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 20/09/1917

Additional Information:

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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

16 May 1919

EARBY – MISSING SINCE SEPTEMBER, 1917

We give a photograph of Lance-Corporal Alfred Spencer, 10th Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, whose home was at 13 Cowgill Street, Earby. He has been missing since September 20th, 1917, and nothing has been heard of him. If anyone can throw any light, upon his whereabouts the family will be deeply grateful.

23 May 1919

SUPPOSED CLUE TO ‘MISSING’ EARBY SOLDIER – ‘Craven Herald’ Photo Recognised

The photograph of Lance-Corporal Alfred Spencer, which appeared in the “ Craven Herald’,’ last week, accompanied by a request for information, was answered more promptly than usual in such cases, and in a manner that has revived confident hopes of his being still alive. ‘Lance-Corporal Spencer served with the 10th Battalion West Riding Regiment in France and was posted as 'missing' September 20th, 1917. On Sunday morning last the parents of the missing man, who reside at 13 Cowgill Street, Earby, received a letter from ex-Private Thos. Latham, of Settle, stating that he recognised the photograph at the first glance as that of a comrade of the same name with whom he had been serving in Italy since the latter part of 1917 up to demobilisation a short time ago. In order to test the accuracy of the information a brother of Lance-Corporal Spencer went over to Settle on Monday and saw Latham, who not only adhered confidently to his statement, but obtained corroboration from another pal at Settle, who also instantly recognised the photo as that of the missing Lance-Corporal. Both agreed in describing Spencer’s personal characteristics, and remarked upon his occasional periods of absent-mindedness and incoherency suggested of having suffered from shell, shock. They also furnished the missing man’s brother with an address in Italy to which enquiries have now been sent. No communication of any kind has been received from Lance-Corporal Spencer since the date above mentioned. The case has naturally aroused much speculation and interest in Earby and further developments are anxiously awaited.

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