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Lt Col Harrison " jack" Spencer


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Looking for any information on the war time service of Lt Col Spencer.


He was born in 1872, married Jane Dupuis in 1900 and died in 1936.  Awarded the OBE in the London Gazette of 3rd June 1919.


2nd Lieutenant 1892, Lieutenant 1895 and Captain 1900. Served in the Boer War with 18th by ( QSA with 6 Bars ), to Reserve of Officers 1907. Landed in France on 7th August 1914 ; Major Nov 1915 and Brevert Lt Col Jan 1916.


I have been unable to trace any record of where he served during the Great War or with what unit of the artillery. Any information would be gratefully received.










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There is a lengthy obituary of a Lt-Col Harrison Spencer late of the Royal Artillery of Staplegrove Elms Taunton  in the the British Newspaper Archive (also available on FindMyPast)  Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser - Wednesday 20 May 1936. If it's him, he  retired in 1906 but on the outbreak of war rejoined and went to France with the 7th Divisional Ammunition Column in September 1914. He served for nearly a year on the Western Front, but returned to England following an operation. He was appointed to the Inventions Branch of the Ministry of Munitions where he remained until the end of the war.  No mention of "Jack" 


Possible Medal Index Card (Ancestry.Co.uk)



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