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29 Sep 1916
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Frank Sharp Spacey was born in 1872 in Luton.
In 1881 he is living at No 7 Chase Street, Luton with his Father Francis a straw hat blocker, mother Phoebe a straw hat sewer & sisters Lily & Rosa. His younger sister Phoebe Ann was born in 1882 the same year his mother died.
Ten years later in the 1891 census Frank & his sister Lily are living with their 68 year old maternal aunt Mary A Else, a straw hat machinist at 102 New Town Street, next to the Sugar Loaf Public House. Frank is now 20 & working as a straw hat blocker, Lily is 18 & a straw hat machinist. There are 2 lodgers living with them, Sarah Fensome a 60 year old widow working as a straw hat finisher & George Marsh, 19, a straw hat blocker. Lily marries George Marsh & have a large family, their son Albert Edward lost his life in the Great War.
In April 1893 Frank marries Ellen Turner in Luton & in 1901 they are living with their 2 sons Bertie 7 & 4 year old Percy at No 6 Chase Street. Frank is 29 years old & working as a bricklayer's labourer whilst Ellen 28 is a straw hat machinist.
In 1911 39 year old Frank is now 1 of 4 lodgers living at No 2 New Town Street run by Mary Stevens a 51 year old single straw hat sewer, whilst his wife Ellen & their 2 sons are living at No 1 East Avenue. Ellen is still working as a straw hat machinist, Bert is a straw plait dyer & Percy is working at the foundry.
Frank joined the 3rd Battalion Princess Charlotte of Wales (Royal Berkshire) Regiment, enlisting in Wantage, Berkshire. It was a reserve training/depot battalion formed in August 1914. It oved to Portsmouth, then to Ireland in 1917. He served under the alias of Michell. No service record can be found but a list of his affects tell us that he left £3 to his widow Ellen Mullings as requested by his son Percy, his son Bertie had been killed in action with the 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment in Ypres on 7th November 1914.
Frank died in Luton on 29th September 1916, he is buried in the Cemetery on Crawley Green Road.