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John Spence

S/18351 Private

‘D’ Coy, 5th Battalion, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, 26th Infantry Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division

Age: 25

Date of death: Killed in Action 14 December 1915

Buried: Menin Gate Memorial, Panels 38 and 40

Family history: John was the husband of Mary Jane Spence. They lived at Manuelrigg Cottages, Polmont with their three children. His wife died on 28 September 1916 leaving the children in the care of her mother as their guardian Mrs S Kalley of 32 Whitehall Street, Newcraighall, Musselburgh.

The action that lead to his death

The Battalion was in the line at the Bluff. The War Diary entry for the 14th December 1915 records:

Interestingly, his father enlisted in Dec 1914 and was discharged under Kings Regulation Para. 392 (iii) 'Not being likely to become an efficient soldier.' on 8 December 1915. His father had previously served for three years in the 8/Royal Scots.

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