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On 15 March 1915, the Chief Constable’s Report Book, already referred to in this blog, reports on the death of a police officer, as follows:

I very much regret to say the Police Constable John Spencer – who was severing as a Reservist with his Regiment the Coldstream Guards died in France on February 20th from wounds received in action

The entry regarding PC Spencer in the Chief Constable's Report book.

The entry regarding PC Spencer in the Chief Constable’s Report book.

The Chief Constable goes on to state that “He was a very good Constable of exemplary character.” As Spencer was unmarried, the Chief Constable had extended the sympathies of the Force to his mother , who lived at Aston, and recommended that “a similar expression of condolence be sent in this case as in the 3 preceding ones in which Members of the Force have fallen in the War.” The full entry from the Report Book is given to the right – it also demonstrates the particularly difficult handwriting of the Chief Constable at this date!

John Arthur Spencer was born in Birmingham in 1890, the son of James and Lizzie Jane Spencer (nee Allen), of 7/72, New John Street, Birmingham. In late 1909, he enlisted in the 2nd Battalion of the Coldstream Guards, and joined the reserves after completing his 3 years of active service. He joined Wolverhampton Police Force on 28 December 1912, and had therefore served 1 year and 7 months with the Force before the outbreak of the First World War. When the War began, he was one of the men who was called upon to rejoin his regiment. He is commemorated at the Chocques Military Cemetery in France, as well as on the Wolverhampton Roll of Remembrance.