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12 May 1889
Sutton in Ashfield Nottinghamshire
George William was the son of George and Emma Elizabeth Spavound. His father, George, was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, on 11 September 1864 while his mother, Emma Elizabeth, was born in Sutton-in-Ashfield on 7 March 1871. They were married in about 1889 and had nine children of whom three died in infancy or early childhood. Six children were named on the census between 1891 and 1911: George William b. 12 May 1889 (A/M/J Mansfield), Fanny b. 1891 (J/A/S Mansfield), Charles b. 28 July 1895 (J/A/S Mansfield), Agnes b. 23 October 1901 (O/N/D Mansfield), Ethel b. 1908 (O/N/D Mansfield) and Arthur b. 5 February 1911 (J/F/M Mansfield). All the children were born in Sutton-in-Ashfield. In 1891 George (26), a coal miner, and his wife Emma (21) were living at Pringle Fields, Sutton-in-Ashfield, with their son George (2). They had moved to 35 Crown Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield, by 1901. George was still working as a miner. He and Emma now had three children: George (12), Fanny (9) and Charles (5). By 1911 George and Emma were living at 51 Carsic Lane, Sutton-in-Ashfield. Five of their six surviving children were in the home on the night of the census: Fanny (19) a runner-on (hosiery), Charles (15) a colliery pony driver (below ground), Agnes (9), Ethel (2) and Arthur (2 months). George had joined the Royal Navy three years earlier and in 1911 he was serving as a Stoker 1st Class in HMS Furious. However, on the night of the census he was a patient at Royal Naval Hospital Haslar, Gosport, Hants. George and Emma were still living at 51 Carsic Lane when the 1939 England & Wales Register was compiled; he had retired as a coal miner. It was still their home when Emma died on 21 March 1945 but when George died the following year on 13 October 1946 he was living with his son, Charles, at 17 Luther Avenue, Sutton-in-Ashfield. Of George's siblings: Fanny married Thomas E Dunn in 1914 (A/M/J Mansfield). She died in 1925 (Dec Mansfield) aged 34. Fanny may have had two children, Godfrey Dunn b. 1916 (Mansfield, mother's maiden name Spavound) and Olive M. Dunn b. 1921 (Mansfield, mother's maidend name Spavound). Charles married Lily Eaton in 1926 (J/A/S Mansfield). He and Lily were living at 17 Luther Avenue, Sutton-in-Ashfield, at the time of her death on 5 September 1933 at the age of 38. The widowed Charles was still living in Sutton-in-Ashfield in 1939 at the time of the national register; he was described on the register as an 'incapacitated coal hewer'. Also in the household were a married couple, Horace Hollingworth (b. 9 August 1898), a builder's labourer, and Jane Hollingworth nee Walters (b 20 July 1900), and Agnes Bingley later Cooke (b. 24 July 1921) a box machinist. Charles was living at 17 Martyn Avenue, Sutton-in-Ashfield, when he died on 20 March 1948. Agnes married John James Massey in 1922 (O/N/D Mansfield). In 1939 they were living in Sutton-in-Ashfield; John (b. 18 October 1895) was a clerk with the Inland Revenue. Also in the home were Philip J Massey (b. 30 March 1920) a colliery electric welder and Jane L. Massey later Stone (b. 2 June 1922) who was still at school. Agnes died in 1983 (Mar Mansfield) aged 81. Ethel may have married in 1935 (J/F/M Mansfield), spouse 'Walbourn'. Arthur married Mildred Nuttall (b. 18 September 1910) in 1934 (O/N/D Mansfield) and in 1939 they were living at 14 Russell Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield. Arthur was a coal miner hewer. Also in the household was their son, Eric (b. 22 March 1935). Arthur died in 1984 (Jun Mansfield) aged 73.
He was a loader at a colliery before joining the Royal Navy in July 1908
31 May 1916
3038585 - CWGC Website
Leading Stoker
HMS Black Prince Royal Navy
George joined the Royal Navy as a Stoker on a 12 year engagement on 29 July 1908. He served in the following ships and shore establishments: HMS Nelson, 29 July 1908-20 January 1909 (Stoker 2nd Class); HMS Foresight, 21 January 1909-31 March 1909; HMS Cochrane, 1 April 109-13 August 1910 (Stoker 1st Class, 23 July 1910); Victory II, 13 August 1910-20 September 1910; HMS Furious, 21 September 1910-14 March 1912; HMS Vindictive, 12 March 1912-22 April 1912; HMS Black Prince, 23 April 1912-12 July 1912, (7 days cells), 20 July 1912-31 May 1916 (Acting Leading Stoker 19 January 1915, Leading Stoker 20 July 1915). Service record annotated: ‘NP 4065/1916. DD [discharged dead] 31st May, 1916. Killed in action.’ George was killed at the Battle of Jutland while serving in HMS Black Prince. His body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. HMS Black Prince was sunk at Jutland on May 31st 1916. The circumstances surrounding her loss were unclear for many years because there were no positive sightings of Black Prince after 17.42. Recent historians hold to the German account of the ship's sinking. Black Prince briefly engaged the German battleship Rheinland at about 23:35 GMT, scoring two hits with 6-inch shells. Separated from the rest of the British fleet, Black Prince approached the German lines at approximately midnight. She turned away from the German battleships, but it was too late. The German battleship Thüringen fixed Black Prince in her searchlights and opened fire. Up to five other German ships, including battleships Nassau, Ostfriesland, and Friedrich der Grosse, joined in the bombardment, with return fire from Black Prince being ineffective. Most of the German ships were between 750 and 1500 yards of Black Prince - effectively point blank range for contemporary naval gunnery. Black Prince was hit by at least twelve heavy shells and several smaller ones, sinking within 15 minutes. There were no survivors from Black Prince's crew, all 857 being killed.
Probate: Spavound Emma Elizabeth of 51 Carsic-lane Sutton-in-Ashfield Nottinghamshire (wife of George Spavound) died 21 March 1945 Administration Nottingham 30 May to the said George Spavound of no occupation. Effects £631 10s. 7d. Probate: Spavound George of 17 Luther-avenue Sutton-in-Ashfield Nottinghamshire died 13 October 1946 Probate Nottingham 13 December to John James Massey [son-in-law] civil servant. Effects £496 0s. 6d. Probate: Spavound Charles of 17 Martyn-avenue Sutton-in-Ashfield Nottinghamshire died 20 March 1948 at the Victoria Hospital Mansfield Nottinghamshire Probate Nottingham 30 April to Jane Hollingworth (wife of Horace Hollingworth) and Herbert Evans builder. Effect £650 10s. 8d. The Bundeswehr Museum of Military History, Dresden: Painting, oil on canvas: ‘SMS Thueringen destroys the English cruiser Black Prince in a night battle at 2am on 1 June.’ Clause Bergen (1885-1964). Caption: 'Present given by the commander of Thueringen, Captain Hans Kuesel, to his nephew in 1921. Bergen established his reputation as a marine painter with depictions of the Battle of Jutland (31 May-1 June 1916). When the Imperial German Fleet returned home, he was in Wilhelmshaven and asked officers involved in the battle to give him detailed accounts of the events.'
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