Bombardier Samuel J Spicer

10 Sep 1943

Samuel James Spicer, son of the late George H and Amy Spicer and husband of Florence Constance Spicer, of Overpool, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire enlisted into The Royal Artillery. His Father was an Old Contemptible who was killed at Ypres on 21 October 1914, serving with 2 Bn Worcestershire Regiment, when Samuel was only 18 months old.

Bombadier Spicer later volunteered for the airborne forces and successfully undertook Glider training and was posted to 2 Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, Royal Artillery.

He took part in the amphibious landings in Italy in September 1943, on board a mine layer, HMS Abdiel. Unfortunately, HMS Abdiel struck a mine in Taranto Harbour causing significant casualties and loss of life, including Bdr Spicer.

Bdr Spicer died at sea on 10 September 1943, aged 30.

He is commemorated on the Cassino Memorial.

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