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Spackman, Frederick Henry

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Private Frederick Henry Spackman (31923)
Killed in Action on Saturday 2nd June 1917, aged 19
 
Son of Daniel Henry & Elizabeth Mary Spackman
Father's occupation: Cattleman
Born Q4 1897 at Challow, Berks
1 sister, 1 brother, position in family: 1
 
 
Local address: Knowl Hill
 
Enlisted:Winchester
Regiment:Wiltshire
Battalion:2nd Bn.
Brigade:21st
Division:30th
Went overseas:After 1 Jan 1916
 
Died:Saturday 2nd June 1917
Cause:Killed in Action
Age:19
Battalion at:Brandhoek
Commemorated:Grave at Ramparts Cemetery, Lille Gate, Ypres
 

Frederick Spackman was born at Challow, Berkshire in 1897 to Henry and Elizabeth Spackman, and was the oldest of three children. Frederick's father worked as a cattleman and by 1901 the family was living in Main Street, Challow. Frederick moved to Twyford by the time of the First World War and he enlisted into the army at Winchester. Frederick went to France at some time after 1st January 1916 and was assigned to 2nd Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment.

At the end of April 1917 the Battalion was withdrawn from the front line trenches east of Arras and spent the next few weeks training near St. Pol-sur-Ternoise, about thirty miles behind the lines. They then moved gradually north east towards Ypres, reaching Brandhoek by the time that Frederick was killed. The Battalion War Diary for 2nd June 1917 records a quiet day:

Saturday 2nd June 1917
Belgium, Brandhoek
 
The commanding officer and adjutant proceeded up the line early in the morning on a tour of inspection. CSM MOSS to II Corps Infantry School as A/SM. The bombing pit near the camp allotted to the Battalion for practice.

There is no indication of the circumstances surrounding Frederick Spackman's death but two days previously 150 men of 2nd Battalion had been allocated as a permanent working party to the 2nd Canadian Tunnelling Company, so perhaps Frederick was one of these men. Frederick was only 19 years of age when he was killed in action on 2nd June 1917. He now rests in the Ramparts Cemetery, Lille Gate, Ypres along with two other 19-year old soldiers from his Battalion who died on the same day.

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Frederick Spackman at Ramparts Cemetery, Lille Gate, Ypres
Ramparts Cemetery, Lille Gate, Ypres
Gone from us
but not forgotten
never shall thy memory fade
 

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in morning
We will remember them.
Lawrence Binyon