This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 6707
- Rank: Private
- Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers
- Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death:
- Date of Death: 07.11.1914
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Le Touquet-Paris Plage Communal Cemetery
- Grave/Mem Ref no: I.A.2.
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: 61 Peddie St, Dundee
- Occupation: Labourer, Blackness Foundry, Dundee
Mathew Spelman, 61 Peddie St, Dundee
More about Peter Spelman
- Spelman 6707 Royal Scots Fusiliers
DUNDEE RESERVIST DIES FROM WOUND.
The death of Private Spelman, of the Royal Scots Fusiliers, is attendant with considerable pathos in that no communication has been received by the relatives other than the official intimation that he had died at a base hospital in France on 7th November.
Deceased, who was a reservist, resided with his brother at 61 Peddie Street, Dundee, and prior to the outbreak of war was a labourer in Blackness Foundry. He served through the South African campaign, and came through it unscathed with a medal and three clasps to his credit.
On 31st October a postcard from Spelman was received by Mr Thomas Fyffe, 27 Bernard Street, which set forth that he had just been wounded in the lung, had been transferred to a base hospital in France, and that he hoped soon to be discharged.
It may be mentioned that Spelman’s father saw 21 years’ service in the army, and following that entered the Dundee Police Force, in which he served for a like number of years, when he was subsequently transferred to Perth Penitentiary as a warder.
Dundee Courier 2nd December 1914
Peter’s brother Matthew also served during the Great War and returned home safely. He had the service no 49010, and is believed to have served with the Northumberland Fusiliers.
Additional Information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell, further information supplied by Gary Thomson
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