William Samuel Spence

Military Information

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  • Service no: N/A
  • Rank: Lieutenant
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  • Regiment/Service: Royal Flying Corps
  • Unit/Ship: 16th Squadron
  • Place of Death: France
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  • Date of Death: 26.04.1917
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Orchard Dump Cemetery, Arleux-En-Gohelle
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: III.J.30

Personal Information

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  • Occupation: Buttercup Dairy Company, Constitution St, Leith
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  • Father:

    William R. Spence, 21 Bellevue Rd, Edinburgh

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More about William Samuel Spence

William was killed in action whilst piloting a BE2e, A2826. He previously served with the Royal Scots.

William Samuel Spence   Second-Lieutenant   Royal Flying Corps


Second-Lieutenant W. S. Spence, Royal Scots and R.F.C., has been killed in an air fight. He was the younger son of Mrs Wm. R. Spence, 21 Bellevue Road, Edinburgh, late of Dundee.  Educated at Harris Academy, Dundee, Lieutenant Spence went to Edinburgh about seven years ago, and before the war was with his uncle proprietor of the Buttercup Dairy Company at their head office, Constitution Street, Leith.  He obtained a commission in the Royal Scots in 1915, and after serving at the front for about six months he transferred to the Flying Corps.  On securing his “wings” he proceeded to the front about a month ago.

Dundee Courier 8th May 1917

Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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