Born about 1898, William was the son of Thomas & Mary Spence of Staindrop. Thomas was an estate labourer in the Plantations. In 1911 William was 13 living with his father, mother & 7 siblings; Edith, Elizabeth, Norman, Thomas, Lenor, Florrie (spelt Flory in the Census) and Mary.
He joined the Sherwood Foresters in May 1916 & served in France. William was killed in action on 28th March, 1918 age 21.
Note added by Gail Bishop on 1 August 2017: some of the details in this entry may not be correct.
No source was cited cited for the current information on the database and it has not been possible to corroborate it fully using Ancestry, cwgc.org or the Teesdale Mercury Archive.
According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission: a Private William SPENCER, (Service Number 267304), with the Notts and Derby (Sherwood Foresters) Regiment, was killed on 28th March 1918 aged 21 and is commemorated at Poziers, France.
A Gunner, W Spence, (Service Number 174233), with the Royal Garrison Artillery and son of George and Elizabeth Spence of Enderby, Leicester, was also killed on 28th March 1918 and is commemorated at Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez.
British Army Medal Rolls Index Cards include a record for a Private William SPENCE with the same service number as the above William SPENCER, also serving with the Notts and Derby Regiment. William Spence was awarded the Victory and British Medals. They also contain an Index Card for a William Spence also with the Notts and Derby but with a different service number (108537).
It has not been possible to ascertain whether the two individuals on the medal cards with different names and the same service number are one and the same, or whether any of the three individuals above are this William Spence from Staindrop.