This site commemorates the men and women of Collingham, Linton and Micklethwaite who served during World War 1. Today we especially commemorate Lieutenant William Rowson Richardson of the 21st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment who died on this day in 1978.
Spencer, Robert Henry
(1883-?)

Rank and Unit at End of World War One

Rank Private

Service Number M2/200621

Service Army

Battalion 650 Company

Regiment Motor Transport RASC

Pre-war Occupation*/marital status**

Trade or Occupation pre-war: Chauffeur
Marital status: Married


* Taken from attestation papers or 1911 census
** Marital status on enlistment or at start of war
Connection with Collingham, Linton or Micklethwaite and reason for inclusion on this web site

  • Born in Collingham, Linton or Micklethwaite

Biography

Family background

Robert Henry Spencer was born in Linton in 1884, the son of James Henry and Keyia Spencer. Robert was one of a large family with brothers Willie, Harry, Tom, John and Hartley and sisters Sarah Jane, Mary and Maggie.

On the 1911 census day, 2nd April 1911, Robert was living at Low Close, Eastburn, Keighley with his parents. His father was a farm bailiff, Robert himself was a farm labourer but most of his siblings were working in a worsted factory. A week later, on the 8th April 1911, Robert married Annie Mathewson in Cross Hills and they went on to have two children, Winifred and Amy.

Service record

Robert enlisted on the 30th November 1915 and was mobilised on the 28th July 1916 in Halifax as Private M2/200621 in 650 Company Mechanical Transport of the Royal Army Service Corps, a unit he joined on the 23rd September 1916 after some basic training. 650 Company (Mechanical Transport) of the RASC was also known as the 32nd Local Auxiliary (MT) company attached to the Road Board and was stationed at Wilton. This unit did not serve overseas. It had been formed on the 11th February 1916, so Robert joined not long after the unit formed.

Robert served with 650 (MT) Coy., RASC until, on the 8th January 1918 he underwent an operation for appendicitis. He spent some time recovering until the 7th June when the Army decided he was no longer fit and he was discharged under King's Regulations section 392 sub paragraph xvi as "No Longer Physically fit". He was awarded a Silver War Badge to mark his service.

After the war

In 1939, Robert was living with his wife, Annie, at 21, Stone Grove in Steeton and was working as a wood cutting machinist.


Sources

1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 26066
First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War British Army Service Records. The National Archives (WO363).

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