Sunday 10 June 2012

Private Robert Arthur Spicer

Born on 31 August 1889 in London, England - son of Mrs. Sarah Spicer, London, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as carpenter; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 7.75 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; black hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 28 May 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion on 22 June 1915 (number 410892) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 29 November 1916 - declared missing, presumed dead, on 30 October 1917 - name inscribed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 10-18-26-28), Belgium.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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