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Private W Spink


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Private William SPINK, L/10426, 1st Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death presumed on or after, 16th April 1918.

Born Aylsham, Norfolk, son of Henry & Mary Elizabeth Spink.

Enlisted Bromley, Kent, age 23 years & 8 months, height 5ft 3 inches, fair complexion, light grey eyes, fair hair. Resided - living away from home. Formerly Manservant.

Next of Kin (friend) - Miss Ellen Richardson, (housekeeper) c/o Rev H R M Hutt, Bingham Rectory, Nottingham.

Home 13th August 1914 to 23rd August 1915; BEF 24th August 1915 to 9th October 1916; Home 10th October 1916 to 5th January 1917; BEF 6th January 1917 to 14th February 1917; Home 15th February 1917 to 6th June 1917; BEF 7th June 1917 to 16th April 1918.

13th August 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment, Service No.10426; 17th August 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd August 1915, posted BEF & 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 10th October 1916, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 11th October 1916 to 8th November 1916, Chichester Hospital, shrapnel wound, left buttock; 18th November 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 6th January 1917, posted BEF & 10th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 10th February 1917, wounded; 15th February 1917, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 15th February 1917 to 27th March 1917, Metropolitan Hospital, shrapnel, right hand, age 26, wounded now healed, had ingrowing toenail which was removed, got deafness in both ears, but is not total, recommended for convalescent treatment; 27th March 1917 to 16th April 1917, Chelsea VAD Hospital, 13 Grosvenor Crescent, shrapnel, right hand; 2nd May 1917, transferred to Depot, Royal Fusiliers, Service No.56439; 12th May 1917, transferred to 302 Labour Company, Service No.200063; 7th June 1917, posted BEF; 7th June 1917, Infantry Base Depot; 12th June 1917, 9th Labour Corps; 9th October 1917, transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment & posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Service No.10426; 16th April 1918, posted missing.

11th September 1919, letter from Rev H R M Hutt, Bingham Rectory, Nottingham to Infantry Records - "Form requested by Miss Richardson to answer this enquiry about Pte Spink. This is a peculiar case. While he was a small child Pte Spinks mother run off taking Pte Spink with her  - with a man named Chapman - who was a notorious criminal & subsequently executed for poisoning 3 or 4 women - of whom Mrs Spinks was one. Her child - Pte Spinks was brought up in the Workhouse Authorities & some 17 or 18 years later, he entered our service as a houseboy. He was with us for 7 years, but ever since he left us he has always made this house his home e.g. spending his annual holiday when he was in service & his furlough when in the Army. The last time he was time he was on leave I asked him about his relations. He told me that he did not know that he had one in the world. Hence it comes about that he has given this as his home address & Miss Richardson, my housekeeper as his next of kin. Pte Spink made a will the last time he was with us. It is in my possession - but I don't know its contents."

2nd November 1920, written on Statement of Relatives - "Dear Sir, The above named soldier by his will left all he possessed to Ellen Richardson, Bingham Rectory, Notts. Ellen Richardson died 30th May 1920. William Spink was in my employment from 1903 - 1908 approximately. In know that his mother is dead and that he (Pte Spink) was not married. To the best of my knowledge I do not think he has any relatives. I have never heard him speak of them, nor has he referred I know or written to them, or stayed with them. Ellen Richardson's sister who is in my employment & who knew William Spink from 1903 up to his decease, confirms my statement. yrs faithfully H R M Hutt."

5th November 1920, Infantry Records Office letter to Rev H R M Hutt, Bingham Rectory, Nottingham - "Reference the information furnished by you on Army Form W.5080, I am directed to say that, as all decorations awarded to the late soldier above named were the property of Miss Ellen Richardson - now deceased - they will now go to his legal next of kin. Will you therefore be good enough to have the attached A. F. W.8080. completed and returned to this office, as soon as convenient."

8th February 1921 - Infantry Records Office letter to Rev H R M Hutt, Bingham Rectory, Nottingham - "I should be glad if you could expedite the return of Army Form W.5080. sent to you for completion by the sister of the late Miss Ellen Richardson, who it is understood is in your service."

22nd February 1921 - letter from Rev H R M Hutt, Bingham Rectory, Nottingham to Infantry Records - "The sister of the late Miss E Richardson, has left my service. I completed Army Form W.5080 for her except her signature. She tells me she has mislaid it, probably when packing up on leaving. If you will kindly send me another form I will see that it is properly completed."

Commemorated at Ploegsteert Memorial, Panel 8, Belgium.  Commemorated on Warnham War Memorial.


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