1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Pte 50058 Joseph Spencer
- Age: 30
- From: Nelson, Lancs
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
- K.I.A Saturday 23rd June 1917
- Commemorated at: Menin Gate Memorial
Panel Ref: Panel 4 & 6
Joseph Spencer was born in Nelson in Dec 1886 the son of William Spencer and his wife Alice (nee Eastwood) who married in 1868.
The 1891 Census finds the family at 4 Hereford St., Nelson William 44, Alice 46, Susannah 21, Sarah J 9, Annie 7, Joseph 4.
In 1901 the family are still living at 4 Hereford St., Nelson. Wm 54, Alice 55, Sarah J 19,Anne 16, Joseph 14, all cotton weavers, all b. Nelson
Joseph Spencer married Betsy Bridge, in Burnley in 1909.
The 1911 Census finds the family at 60 Moore St., Nelson. Joseph is 24, Betsy is 25 and both are cotton weavers. Also in the household are Betsy's mother Elizabeth Ann Bridge, 48 and her sister Bertha 6.
Joseph enlisted in Blackpool and was formerly T/4/23486, Royal Army Service Corps and was serving in the 19th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 50058 when he was killed in action on the 23rd June, 1917, aged 30.By June 1917 the 19th Battalion was in the Ypres salient, in the front line south of Hooge. On the 10th the 19th is relieved in the line and marches back to Brandhoek. The Battalion War Diary for 23rd June records:
“At night practically all the battalion were out on a working party digging an assembly trench and suffered casualties: 7 OR killed, 13 OR wounded, 1 OR missing.”
Joseph was one of the 7 Other Ranks the others being George Ashbrook, Norman Garside, Andrew Harron, Harold Hart, Harold Mathison and Frederick Owen mentioned in the Battalion diary.
His body was not recovered and his name is recorded on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, Belgium.
Joseph's effects were sent to his widow Betsy who was remarried to Robert D.Turner at Fylde in March 1919
The Pension card shows his wife Betsy, born on 27/8/1884 and living at 887 Central Beach, Blackpool, there were no children in the marriage. It also records that Joseph was Missing presumed dead on or since 31/7/17. The notification of death confirmed on 04/2/18.
Joseph is commemorated on the Blackpool War Memorial.
Soldiers Effects and Pension to widow Betsy Spencer/Turner.