Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Private Harold John Spackman, 10th (Service) Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment, died while on home service.
His parents’ only son, after leaving school at the age of fifteen he worked for the Great Western Railway as a porter at Draycott station and then Charlton Mackrell station in Somerset. On the 17th of September in 1914, he enlisted in the Devonshire Regiment. While on home service he contracted meningitis and died in the Red Cross hospital in Bath.
Private Spackman lies buried in Locksbrook Cemetery in Bath; he is remembered on the Charlton Mackrell parish war memorial, the Great Western Railway’s Roll of Honour at Taunton station, and his photograph is included on The Charltons’ Historical Society’s memorial board in Somerset.
Harold, from Manningford Bohune, near Pewsey in Wiltshire, was 17 years old.