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Father: John C. Spencer, born in 1859 in Nottingham, working as a porter. Mother: Sarah Spencer, born in 1853 in Nottingham. Brother: John H., born in 1885 in Nottingham. The family lived at Post Office yard, Mansfield Road, Nottingham. Leonard Spencer married Gladys Daisy Spencer, née Greensmith, at Holy Trinity Church, Nottingham on 11/03/1916. They lived at 9 Heskey Street, Nottingham before moving to 25 Sedgley Avenue, Sneinton Dale, Nottingham.
Leonard Spencer was employed as a hosiery warehouseman and later as a hosiery folder.
08 Mar 1918
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Labour Corps
Pte. Spencer attested on 17/03/1916 at Derby, but he was not mobilised until 01/09/1916. On 06/09/1916 he was posted to 5th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, but on 16/10/1916 he was transferred to 3rd Battalion. On 10/03/1917 he was further transferred to 85th Training Reserve Battalion, and on 01/05/1917 he was again transferred, this time to the 84th T.R.B. Finally on 14/07/1917 he was seen as not robust enough for front line duty and transferred to 527th Home Service Employment Company, Labour Corps. He was admitted to Bagthorpe Military Hospital, Nottingham in a comatose state, suffering from cerebro-spinal fever, and died suddenly on 08/03/1918. He was buried at Nottingham Church Cemetery.
Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 8 March 1918: 'Spencer, on the 8th inst, Private Leonard Spencer, husband of Gladys Spencer of 25 Sedgley Avenue. Service Holy Trinity.' Further obituaries published 8th March 1919 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “SPENCER. – In precious and loving memory of Pte. Leonard Spencer, late of 527th Employment Company, Clipston [sic], and Messrs. I. and R. Morley, March 8th, 1918. – From his loving wife Gladys. “SPENCER. – In loving memory of Pte. Leonard Spencer, who fell asleep March 8th, 1918. How sweet the memory of departed worth. – From his loving mother, Harry, Polly, and Ada.” Above obituaries courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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