Andrew Spicer

Service file

Andrew Spicer (1886-1917) was born at Spencer’s Island in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, on September 11, 1886. A single man who worked as a labourer, he was 29 years old when he enlisted at Amherst, Nova Scotia, on December 9, 1915. He arrived in England with the 106th Battalion aboard the SS Empress of Britain on July 25, 1916. After a period of training in England, he joined the 25th Battalion in France on September 22, 1916, but was soon transferred to the 5th Field Company (Canadian) Engineers. In July 1917 he was transferred to the No.1 Canadian Field Ambulance to be treated for a skin infection, a common ailment among soldiers in the war due to the unsanitary conditions of the trenches. Spicer was killed in action at Vimy Ridge on August 20, 1917, and is buried at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France.

Service Record Details

Attestation Paper 1

Date of Birth: September 11, 1886 (Spencer’s Island, Nova Scotia)

Date of Attestation: December 9, 1915

Age at Enlistment: 29 years, 2 months

Height: 5 feet, 9 inches

Weight: 157 pounds

Description: Dark complexion, brown eyes, light brown hair. Wesleyan. One vaccination mark right arm. Tattoo mark: anchor on back of left arm. Scars on both knee caps.

Home Address: Not indicated

Trade: Laborer

Married: No

Details of Family: Father, Josiah Spicer, and mother, Martha Spicer, of Spencer’s Island, Nova Scotia.

Next of Kin: Father (Josiah Spicer)

Branch of Service: Canadian Expeditionary Force

Prior Military Service: 7 years with the 93rd Regiment

Theatre of War: England, France

Casualties

Attestation Paper 2
  • July 10, 1917 – Spicer is diagnosed with impetigo, a common and highly contagious bacterial skin infection. (Page 23)
  • August 20, 1917 – He is killed in action. (Page 21)

Interesting Details from the Service Record

  • July 1, 1916 – An Assigned Pay form indicates that his pay is to be sent to Mrs. Joshua Welsh. (Page 26)
  • July 8, 1916 – In his will, he bequeaths his personal estate to his friend Mrs. Joshua Welsh of Port Grenville, Nova Scotia. (Pages 5 and 14)

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