William Henry Spivey (1895-1915)

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.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

SPIVEY, WILLIAM HENRY. Private. No 3/9836. 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Union Street, Huddersfield, 1.6.1895. Son of Mr and Mrs W. H. Spivey, 21 Bradford Road North, Huddersfield. Educated Thomas Street Council School. Employed as a painter. Single. Enlisted 8.8.1914. Died from gas poisoning at Hill 60 on 5.5.1915, aged 19 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated MENIN GATE MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
His last letter home was written on 2.5.1915, in which he wrote, 'We are having a rather hot time, what with gas, loss of sleep etc. We are not in any fixed place, having to keep shifting anywhere where they think an attack will be attempted but of course it will calm down when the Germans find they have lost their positions. The papers at home say they are starving but I don't believe it, I know different. We captured some as fat as pigs, a very determined lot they were.' Referring to Ypres he said it was 'badly battered in November [when they were there] but now it is an absolute ruin and all the people have left. They had returned and were carrying on business almost as usual when the second bombardment occurred. When the top part of the Cloth Hall fell in the people made for the cellars and got away if they could. Next day escape was impossible as the roads were all commanded by the German artillery.'
ROH:- Fitzwilliam Street United Methodist Church; Fartown and Birkby War Memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission