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Bulwell Nottingham
Albert Edward was the only child of Francis (Frank) and Eliza Spencer nee Brockelhurst (sic). His father Frank was born in Bulwell in about 1860 and his mother Eliza was also born in Bulwell. They were married in 1886 (J/A/S Basford). In 1891 Frank (31), an engine stoker, and Eliza were living on Austin Street, Bulwell, with their son Albert (1). By 1901 they were at 33 Austin Street; Frank was now an ironworks shunter. The family had moved to 52 Austin Street, Bulwell by 1911. Frank was a blast furnace man and Albert (21) a hosiery trimmer. Albert married Julia Stanbridge in 1916 (J/F/M Nottingham). His mother Eliza probably died in 1917 (J/A/S Nottingham) aged 56. His widow, Julia, may have married Frederick H Hollis in 1920 (J/F/M Nottingham), daughter Irene (b. 11 April 1920), died in 1945 (J/F/M Nottingham)
He was a hosiery trimmer in 1911
27 Apr 1917
28
337820 - CWGC Website
307470
Enlisted Nottingham. He was probably still living with his parents at 52 Austin Street, Bulwell.
Private
2/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
He was killed in action and was buried in Templeux-le-Guerard British Cemetery (grave ref. I.C.24)
His birth was registered A/M/J/ 1889 so he may have 28 when killed. (Age confirmed in 1918 NEP notice,) Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his widow, Julia, was his sole legatee. Probate: Spencer Albert of 2 Bestwood-terrace Bulwell Nottingham private in His Majesty’s Army died 27 April 1917 in France Administration Nottingham 23 November to Julia Spencer widow. Effects £62 Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 27 April 1918: ‘Spencer. In loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. Albert Spencer, Sherwood Foresters, killed in action April 27th, 1917. There is sorrow in my heart, no human eye can trace, for many an aching heart lies beneath a smiling face. Sadly missed by his wife Julia.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 27 April 1918: ‘Spencer. In loving memory Albert Edward Spencer, aged 28, the only child of Frank and the late Eliza Spencer, 52, Austin-street, Bulwell. Killed in action April 27th, 1917. One year has passed, my heart (-) sore as day by day I miss him more; his welcome smile his sweet dear face, never on earth can be replaced. Sadly missed by his sorrowing father.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 27 April 1918: 'Spencer. In loving memory of our dear nephew and cousin, Albert Edward Spencer, killed in action April 27th, 1917. Too dearly loved to be forgotten by his aunt, Rebecca, and uncle Sam, and cousins Nellie, Eliza, Elsie, Tom and Arthur with the colours.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 26 April 1919: ‘Spencer. In loving memory of my dear son, Albert Edward Spencer, the only child of the late Eliza and Frank Spencer, killed in action April 27th, 1917. Some may think this wound has healed when they see me smile, but little do they know the pain within my heart concealed. Sadly missed by his loving father, Bulwell.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 26 April 1919: ‘Spencer. In loving memory of our dear nephew, Albert Edward Spencer, killed in action April 27th, 1917. Love hath everlasting remembrance. From his loving aunt, Rebecca, uncle Sam, and cousins..’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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