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Menin Gate, Ypres Menin Gate, Ypres
First Name: Frank Last Name: SPENCER
Date of Death: 07/02/1915 Lived/Born In: Mortlake
Rank: Lance Corp Unit: Middlesex3
Memorial Site: 1. Richmond-on-Thames Memorial 2. Menin Gate, Ypres

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Enlisted-Mill Hill

 

At the outbreak of war in 1914, 28th Division were in India and it was not until late January, 1915 that they arrived in France. Being a regular division they were quickly put into the front line which in their caser meant water logged trenches south of Ypres near St. Eloi and Oosthoek. It was a far cry from the heat of India and there were many cases of sickness and frostbite.

On the night of 6th/7th February, 1915, 3rd Middlesex of 85 Brigade, moved into the front line south-east of St Eloi and south-west of Oosthoek. Here they spent the next four days in hellish conditions. The trenches were knee deep in water, the German shelling was continuous and they suffered nearly ninety casualties as well as having 80% of the battalion afflicted by frostbite. One of those who did not survive this experience was Frank Spencer who was killed in action on 7th February.

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