George Spindley

lincolnshire regimental badgePrivate, 4093, 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, killed in action, 10th August 1916, aged 27

Born at Messingham 1887, George was the third son and one of the thirteen children of George and Sarah Ann Spindley (nee Foster). His father was an agricultural labourer from Northorpe near Gainsborough and his mother was from Shefield.

As benefits the nature of agricultural work at that time the family moved around extensively. The family were living in Inglsby in 1911 where George Snr was a farm foreman and George Jnr a waggoner. Although George Jnr probably never lived in Althorpe or Keadby his father appears to have moved to Keadby Grange during the war.

George Jnr was living in Northorpe when he enlisted in the Lincolnshire Regiment at Gainsborough in late April or May 1915. Following his training he was posted to the 1/5th (Territorial) Battalion and went out to France to join them on 27th October 1915.

On the first day of the Battle of the Somme the 1/5th Lincoln’s were in reserve as their Division suffered heavy casualties in the Battle of Gommecourt. They did see action in a subsequent attack during the night of 1st-2nd July but this floundered in confusion with 50 casualties. In mid July they moved to a new sector of trenches near Monchy-au-Bois. The trenches were often a target for heavy artillery and trench mortars so it was most likely one of these that took the life of George Spindley on 10th August 1916.

George is buried in the Berles Position Military Cemetery, Berles-au-Bois.

He is commemorated on the War Memorial in St George & St Lawrence’s Church, Springthorpe.