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Harold Spencer SPICER

Harold Spencer SPICER

Male - 1917

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  • Name Harold Spencer SPICER 
    Born O'Connell, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried Sep 1917  Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Leper, West-Vlaanderen, BELGIUM Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 25 Sep 1917  BELGIUM Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Debt of Honour Register
      In Memory of


      Place of enlistment: Bathurst

      58th Bn., Australian Infantry, A.I.F

      who died on: Tuesday 25 September 1917 . Age 22 .

      Additional Information: Son of Alfred E. and Frances Spicer, of Brewongle, New South Wales.

      Cemetery: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIALIeper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

      Grave or Reference Panel Number: Panel 7 - 17 - 23 - 25 - 27 - 29 - 31

      Location: Ypres (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin (Menen) and Courtrai (Kortrijk). Each night at 8 pm the traffic is stopped at the Menin Gate while members of the local Fire Brigade sound the Last Post in the roadway under the Memorial's arches.

      Visiting Information: The Panel Numbers quoted at the end of each entry relate to the panels dedicated to the Regiment served with. In some instances where a casualty is recorded as attached to another Regiment, his name may alternatively appear within their Regimental Panels. Please refer to the on-site Memorial Register Introduction to determine the alternative panel numbers if you do not find the name within the quoted Panels.

      Historical Information: The Menin Gate is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient. Broadly speaking, the Salient stretched from Langemarck in the north to the northern edge in Ploegsteert Wood in the south, but it varied in area and shape throughout the war. The Salient was formed during the First Battle of Ypres in October and November 1914, when a small British Expeditionary Force succeeded in securing the town before the onset of winter, pushing the German forces back to the Passchendaele Ridge. The Second Battle of Ypres began in April 1915 when the Germans released poison gas into the Allied lines north of Ypres. This was the first time gas had been used by either side and the violence of the attack forced an Allied withdrawal and a shortening of the line of defence. There was little more significant activity on this front until 1917, when in the Third Battle of Ypres an offensive was mounted by Commonwealth forces to divert German attention from a weakened French front further south. The initial attempt in June to dislodge the Germans from the Messines Ridge was a complete success, but the main assault north-eastward, which began at the end of July, quickly became a dogged struggle against determined opposition and the rapidly deteriorating weather. The campaign finally came to a close in November with the capture of Passchendaele. The German offensive of March 1918 met with some initial success, but was eventually checked and repulsed in a combined effort by the Allies in September. The battles of the Ypres Salient claimed many lives on both sides and it quickly became clear that the commemoration of members of the Commonwealth forces with no known grave would have to be divided between several different sites. The site of the Menin Gate was chosen because of the hundreds of thousands of men who passed through it on their way to the battlefields. It commemorates those of all Commonwealth nations except New Zealand who died in the Salient before 16 August 1917. Those United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot, a site which marks the furthest point reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium until nearly the end of the war. Other New Zealand casualties are commemorated on memorials at Buttes New British Cemetery and Messines Ridge British Cemetery. The YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL now bears the names of more than 54,000 officers and men whose graves are not known. The memorial, designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield with sculpture by Sir William Reid-Dick, was unveiled by Lord Plumer in July 1927.
    Person ID I05540  Short Family Tree | John Richard SHORT & Descendants
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2006 

    Father Alfred Edmund SPICER,   b. 1863, Bathurst, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1944, Bathurst, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Frances MURRAY,   d. 29 Oct 1961, Bathurst, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 5 Apr 1893  Oberon, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F1678  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - - O'Connell, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Sep 1917 - Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Leper, West-Vlaanderen, BELGIUM Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Sep 1917 - BELGIUM Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S2] New South Wales Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1893.