Name: SPENCE Ernestpoppy

Nationality: British

Rank: Sergeant

Regiment / Service: No 41 Royal Marines Commando  

Date of Death: 21/07/1944 

Age: 34

Service No: PO/X 115872 

Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial 

CWGC Certificate: Ernest Spence

Grave / Memorial Ref: Panel 87 

Address or Parish: Bleasdale

Additional info: Son of James William and Edith Mary Spence. Husband of Mary Spence of Churchtown. Ernest Spence worked as a gamekeeper on the Bleasdale Estate a few years before he met his wife. Mary was a teacher at the local school in Bleasdale. They married in 1934 and stayed in the village until 1937 when they moved to Sussex although we also have Chuchtown listed via the Commonwealth War Graves. Volunteered in 1941 and joined the Royal Marines spending time training in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) for intended service in the Far East. Came hokme on compassionate leave for the birth of his son (Duncan). Took oart in the D Day landings. In action on Juno Beach with 601 Royal Marines landing craft flotilla and continued until his death on the 21st July 1944. The flotilla was returning to England when a storm broke in the Channel and sank most of the craft. The majority of the crew were lost along with Ernest Spence. An oak memorial seat was dedicated to the men lost that day and Mary and Duncan attended at Itchenor which had close links with the Minor Landing Craft Flotilla. Erest Spence was born in Barrow In Furness.

Also listed on the information was that Mary received the news of her husbands death whilst at 3, Stonefield, Garstang.

Our thanks to Jean E Fone and Janet Nelson



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