Fontmell Magna Church

George Spicer

Surname: Spicer
Other names: George
Other people in this story:
Absalom Spicer
Margaret Spicer née Jackson
Edith M. Spicer née Millard
Locations in this story:
Sutton Waldron, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Winchester, Hampshire
Dorchester, Dorset
Poole, Dorset

George Spicer was born on 14th October 1881 in Sutton Waldron, Dorset, and baptised at Fontmell Magna, Dorset, on 11th December 1881, the son of Absalom Spicer and Margaret Spicer (née Jackson).  His father passed away in 1893. He lived his early life in Higher Street, Sutton Waldron, Dorset.  He enlisted on 31st August 1914 and joined the Royal Field Artillery (108/23rd Battery) as a Gunner Signaller (Service No. 98021). He served in France and was wounded on 13th July 1917 from which he recovered only to be reported missing on 27th March 1918 but rejoined his battery without any apparent inquiry.  He was demobilized on 28th February 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. 

In 1921 he applied for a disablement pension and requested copies of his military medical records.  It appears the War Office were reluctant to release them.  The 1921 Census shows him living with his widowed mother in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Cabinet Maker. There is a record of him marrying Edith M. Millard in Poole in 1925.  By the 1939 Registry George was living at 2 Parsonage Street, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, whilst his wife was a patient in hospital in Dorchester.   George was then working as a Carpenter and Joiner.  He died in 1965 in the Winchester, Hampshire, Registration District.


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