Spence, Charles Bennett


The younger son of Dr James Beveridge Spence and Elizabeth Roebuck Spence of Burntwood, Litchfield, Staffordshire, he came to Winchester from Bilton Grange. His father was Superintendent at Burntwood Hospital. During his time at Winchester he played for OTH XV, and won the silver medal for gymnastics. On leaving school he studied for a time at Gottingen University and later took his degree at Pembroke College, Cambridge.

He joined the Royal Field Artillery in December 1910 and in April 1914 was attached to the fledgling Royal Flying Corps. He was killed when flying a Maurice Farman Shorthorn 1854 (a French reconnaissance and light bomber biplane) of 16 Squadron with 2nd/Lt the Honorable William Francis Rodney (formerly of the Rifle Brigade) as his observer. At 7.30am their aircraft was hit by German anti-aircraft fire and began a steep glide that turned into a nosedive, leading to the airframe failing at 2,000 feet. Both occupants were killed instantly. He had been once mentioned in Despatches.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Spence
  • Forenames or initials: Charles Bennett
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1901-1906
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Flying Corps
  • Date of Birth: 30th June 1888
  • Date of Death: 9th May 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: CHOQUES MILITARY CEMETERY: Grave I.R.12