Spottiswoode, Arthur


He was the elder son of Henry Phillipson Spottiswoode, a solicitor, and of Beatrice Spottiswoode (daughter of J.E.M. Prower, of Purton House, Wiltshire). After leaving school he became an articled clerk, before gaining a commission with 16th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, in 1914. He served with great distinction in the First World War, being promoted Captain in 1915 and being attached as a Major to 20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers; he was awarded the MC and Bar.

After the war he became a solicitor. He was killed in a German air raid on the City of London, at the age of forty-eight. This raid, on the night of Sunday December 29th 1940, was the most devastating single raid launched on the city. The following day saw the publication of the famous image of St Paul’s Cathedral amid a sea of smoke and flames.  A German communique announced that 100,000 incendiaries had been dropped, and some times the raid is referred to as “The Great Fire of London 1940”.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Spottiswoode
  • Forenames or initials: Arthur
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1905-1910
  • Rank: Civilian
  • Regiment: NA
  • Date of Birth: 23rd April 1892
  • Date of Death: 29th December 1940
  • How Died: Killed by enemy action
  • Location in War Cloister: Not commemorated
  • Decoration: MC and Bar
  • Burial Site: Unknown