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Spencer Baldry was born in 1896 in Nottingham and was the son of Spencer Baldry (senior) an accountant and estate agent and the late Agnes Ellen Baldry née Kell, of 16, Devonshire Rd., West Bridgford, Nottingham. His father Spencer (senior) was born in 1869 in Lincoln and his mother Agnes Ellen Baldry was born in 1867 in Boston Lincolnshire, they were married in 1894 in Nottingham. His mother Agnes Ellen died aged 35 yrs on 14th February 1903 in Nottinghan, she was buried in the Nottingham Church Cemetery. His father Spencer (senior) remarried his second wife Isabella Mary Lowie (b1875 Leith, Midlothian ) in 1905 in Nottingham, they went on to have 2 children , Edward William born 1908 and Cecilia born 1910, both were born in West Bridgford. In the 1911 census the family are living at 89 Ella Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham and are shown as Spencer 41yrs an accountant and estate agent he is living with his wife Isabella Mary 36 yrs and his children Spencer 14 yrs a scholar, Edward William 2 yrs and Cecila 6th months.
06 Apr 1916
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Cross Keys, Fletcher Gate, Nottingham.
2nd Bn Leicestershire Regiment
Private Spencer Baldry, enlisted in Nottingham on 3rd September 1914, he was 19 yrs and 120 days old, he was a clerk and was living with his parents at Cross Keys, Fletcher Gate , Nottingham . He was posted to the Leicestershire Regiment and served with them being promoted to lance corporal on 5th November 1914. He served on the home front until 29th July 1915 when he landed in France and joined the British Expeditionary Force. He was wounded by a gun shot wound to his left arm and returned to England on 23rd September 1915. After he had recovered in England he was once again sent overseas this time to joined the Expeditionary Force in the Persian Gulf. He embarked at Devonport on 17th February 1915 on the transport ship 'HT Persic' disembarking at Basra on 21st March 1916. He was killed in action on 6th April 1916 during one of the attempts to relieve the besieged garrison at Kut. He is commemorated on the Basra Memorial.
Obituary published on 12th May 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “BALDRY. – Killed in action, April 6th, Sergeant Spencer Baldry, Leicestershire Regiment, in his 20th year, beloved son of Spencer and the late Agnes Baldry, Cross Keys Hotel, Fletcher-gate. Duty nobly done. Deeply mourned.” In memoriam published 6th April 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “BALDRY. – In proud and loving memory of my dear friend, Sergeant Spencer Baldry, Leicestershire, killed in action April 6th, 1916. Never forgotten. – Rosie.” Above obituary and in memoriam are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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