Fred Travis Spivey (1912-1943)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


Fred Travis Spivey (also known as Francis Spivey and Travis Spivey) was born on 6 April 1912, the son of tailor Herbert Spivey and his wife Frances Hannah (née Hirst).

The 1921 Census recorded the Spivey family residing at 60 Far Reins, Honley.

He married Nellie Wood[1] in 1936. At the time of the 1939 Register, he was working as a worsted weaver and they resided at 56 Lower Reins, Honley.

According to official records, he was based at RAF Holme-on-Spalding Moor and died on 12 February 1943 when his Lancaster I W4313 bomber "crashed on a sandbank near Juist, one of the Frisian Islands off Nordern during a raid on Wilhelmshaven".[2]

Nellie Spivey died in Lincolnshire in 1994, aged 82.


Huddersfield Examiner (20/Feb/1943):

Honley Flight-Sergeant

News has been received by his wife, Mrs. Nellie Spivey, of 65 Far Reins, Honley, that her husband, Flight-Sergeant Francis Spivey, is missing. Flight-Sergeant Spivey, who is thirty years of age, was educated at Honley National Schools. Before he joined the Forces he was employed at Messrs. Kaye and Stewart, Ltd., Lockwood.

Flight-Sergeant Spivey is a member of the Honley Parish Church, where as a boy he sang in the choir. He has also taken a keen interest in the activities of the Honley Old Folk’s Treat Committee. He joined the R.A.F. two years ago.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



Notes and References

  1. Born on 8 October 1911.
  2. Chris Hobson's Failed To Return: Airmen Died In The Second World War 1939-45.