Frederick William Spires

1/1st North Somerset Yeomanry
(Dragoon Guards)

6th Cavalry Brigade, 3rd Cavalry Division

Later transferring to The Machine Gun Corps as pictured right

 

Bert Spires had a younger brother named Frederick William Spires, who served in the North Somerset Yeomanry in the first battle of Ypres in 1914. An account of the battle, by the Commander, 3rd Cavalry Division, Major General The Hon J H G Byng, CB, MVO, was found in Bert's family papers and so a mention is included here.

The original document, annotated presumably by Fred, is available for download in pdf format here (2Mb).

Fred survived the war and was serving in World War 2 as a Company Sergeant Major in The Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) when, according to relatives, he was killed by a grenade in a training accident in Derby on 9 October 1943. He was aged 54. He is buried in Findern Churchyard