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Postby PERCE » Fri Mar 04, 2005 10:31 pm

James Carter Spensley appears listed on the village war memorial as a First World War casualty. I am unable to find his name listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commision site. Can anyone provide information?
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Postby admin » Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:58 pm

In 'Swaledale & Wharfedale Remembered' author Keith Taylor includes a page of information on the life and death of James Carter Spensley, MA, AIC, FCS, Research Chemist at the Government Munitions Factory, Gretna.

James' father, John Joseph Spensley was head teacher at Gunnerside school and married Mary Ann Woodward. James was born at Gunnerside and the family emigrated to South Africa in the late 1890s. James became a professor and lecturer in chemistry at the University of Pretoria but returned to England in May 1917.

After an accident involving the production of chemicals for warfare in 1918 James became very ill, recovered and then died, aged 32 years.

'Swaledale & Wharfedale Remembered' by Keith Taylor
ISBN 1 901214 66 4
Ashridge Press/Country Books, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1NN
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