Author Topic: Reginald H. Spooner  (Read 6642 times)

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Reginald H. Spooner
« on: April 20, 2009, 01:03:54 PM »
This famous Lancs & England cricketer and one-cap rugby international was commissioned into 6th Bn, King's Liverpool in 1900 and transferred to the 5th Bn Manchesters in 1901.
Is anything known of his service in South Africa, when he is said to have been  wounded?
[He also served with the Lincolnshire Regt. in WW1]
All info welcomed.
Daggers

liverpool annie

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Re: Reginald H. Spooner
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2009, 01:44:10 PM »


Hi Daggers - !

Can't answer your question I'm afraid but thought you may like this picture !! ( also his Dad was the Venerable Archdeacon of Liverpool, of Walton Rectory .... just as a bit of added info !!  :) )

Educated at Marlborough. Played for Lancashire and England. Also played Rugger for England. Served in the Boer War.

http://www.antiquemapsandprints.com/spy/SPY-1906.htm


daggers

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Re: Reginald H. Spooner
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2009, 03:09:48 PM »
That's my man and a very nice pic.
Plenty about his sporting career, and his work as a land agent in Lincs found online, but little about his Boer War or WW1 activities.  Hoping to find experts on the 1900/01 period here.
Daggers
PS We keep meeting all over the place!

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Re: Reginald H. Spooner
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2009, 05:20:04 PM »
As far as I can make out he joined the 5th (Militia) Battalion but also served with the 1st Battalion in South Africa. The 5th Battalion did not go to South Africa until July 1901.  Before that they had sent out reinforcements from the 5th to both the 1st and 2nd regular army battalions.

As his name is engraved on the 1st Battalion officers mess Boer War silver centrepiece it is probably reasonably safe to assume that he went from the 5th but served in the war with the 1st.
Robert

liverpool annie

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Re: Reginald H. Spooner
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2009, 05:40:28 PM »

I found his son Daggers ... a brave young soldier by the looks of it !! ..... this says Reginald was a Major ( don't know if that helps ! )

Name: SPOONER, JOHN MARTIN
Initials: J M
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Captain
Regiment/Service: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Unit Text: 2nd Bn.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 27/04/1943
Service No: 114090
Awards: D S O
Additional information: Son of Maj. Reginald Herbert Spooner, and Lucy Marjorie Spooner, of Westwell, Kent.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. B. 14.
Cemetery: MASSICAULT WAR CEMETERY

PS Good to see you too !! :)

daggers

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Re: Reginald H. Spooner
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2009, 06:22:35 PM »
Robert and Annie
Thanks to you both.  Interesting that the name is on that  piece of silver. 
He served with the Lincolnshires from 1914-20 and the LG shows him retiring as a captain.  I wonder where he found the title of major!
The Kent address on his son's WW2 data is curious as RHS lived and died in Lincs, and perhaps it means that his first wife had moved on, but that is not what this forum or my questions are about...
Daggers

liverpool annie

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Re: Reginald H. Spooner
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2009, 06:35:37 PM »

I always give you more questions don't I my friend ??  :D

To make up for it ... heres another cricket picture !!  ;)

http://www.antiqueprintroom.com/catalogue/view-catalogue?id=a57009bd8fabc542915b57b8fec406cd&offset=20

PS I wonder if an email here might give you some more information about him ??

http://blankneyblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/blankney-cricket-club.html
« Last Edit: April 20, 2009, 06:42:18 PM by liverpool annie »

daggers

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Re: Reginald H. Spooner
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2009, 11:02:24 AM »
Thanks for the clue, Annie.  I have already taken some material from that village's website, and will get back to the blog when I return from a few days off.
D

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Re: Reginald H. Spooner
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2009, 07:33:07 AM »
He's not shown in the casualty roll or the book on the services of officers in the Boer War. The latter just suggests he left the army shortly after the Boer War.

liverpool annie

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Re: Reginald H. Spooner
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2009, 07:22:33 PM »

A mate on RC lives close to the cemetery and took pictures for me !!

Hope you don't have them already Daggers !!  ::)

But if you do ... Tis might like them !!  :D



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Re: Reginald H. Spooner
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2009, 03:47:01 PM »
Just another little piece about RHS confirming his being with the 5th Militia Battalion before joining the 1st Battalion.
The 5th embarked at Southampton on 17th June1901 for South Africa.On the way a cricket match was played at St. Vincent against the Telegraph staff.  R H Spooner the well-known Lancashire and All-England cricketer was bowled first ball.
Robert

liverpool annie

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Re: Reginald H. Spooner
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2009, 08:33:38 PM »


Boy Daggers !

Wish my few days off lasted as long as yours !!  :D :D :D

Hope everything is OK in your world !

Annie  :)

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Re: Reginald H. Spooner
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2009, 11:33:26 AM »
I've been back for a while but not appeared here - too much French hospitality etc.
Thanks to all for topping up my knowledge of a great cricketer.
D

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Re: Reginald H. Spooner
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2009, 02:22:14 PM »
Hi

Have just stumbled across this website.  Reginald H Spooner is my Grandfather's brother.  I don't have too much information about him but if I can help anyone please contact me