George Charles Spencer
17th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment
Died at Chelmsford Oakland Hospital on Sunday morning 13th May 1917 aged 22.
George died from pneumonia in the first few weeks of his training after contracting a cold while under canvas at a military camp near Chelmsford. His mother and father travelled to Chelmsford on Friday 11th May 1917 and were at his bedside when he died.
He was buried in the Belper Cemetery on Thursday 24th May 1917 with full military honours.
98, Nottingham Rd., Belper.
Born and resident in Belper George enlisted in Derby and was the son of Charles and Harriet Kate Spencer (nee Dennett), of 98, Nottingham Rd., Belper.
His mother and father Charles and Harriet were married in 1894 in Sandown on the Isle of Wight where Harriet had been born in 1861. Both of his parents were buried with George when they died.
George was christened at St Peter's Church Belper on Wednesday 12th June 1895.
Although George was 6 foot three inches tall he was said to be 'of delicate constitution'.
George had one brother, Hugh, who also served in the war in Egypt with the Honourable Artillery Company.
Prior to enlisting George worked at Brettles and was a member of St Peter's Church Belper.
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