EDWARD JAMES SPINKS

Image from 1914 letters sent home to his sister Hilda

TED

Born: 5th September 1891, Tuddenham, Suffolk.

Died: 16th May 1915; age 24; KiA 

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914 – France.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 704

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.

 

Grave Reference:

II.54.

Rue-des-Berceaux Military Cemetery,

Richebourg L’Avoue,

Pas de Calais,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr & Mrs George Spinks of 15, Star Lane, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   15, Star Lane, Ipswich.

 

Edward was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

George Spinks, 37, a Dock Labourer, born Witnesham, Suffolk.

Sarah Starling Spinks (nee Wilson), 36, born Great Oakley, Essex.

Mabel Spinks, 8, born Ipswich.

Grace Spinks, 6, born Ipswich.

Hilda Spinks, 2, born Ipswich.

George Albert Spinks, 5 months, born Ipswich.

 

1911   15, Star Lane, Ipswich.

 

Edward was 19 years old, a Railway Labourer – G.E.Railway. He was living with his parents & siblings.

George, 47, a Carter – Railway Agent.

Sarah, 46.

Hilda, 12.

George, 10.

Aubrey Ernest Spinks, 8, born Ipswich.

Harold Joseph Spinks, 6, born Ipswich.

Lottie Spinks, 4, born Ipswich.

Gladys Sarah Spinks, 2, born Ipswich.

 

Edward’s mother, Sarah Starling Spinks died 17th October 1913, at 15, Star Lane, Ipswich from nephritis and morbus cordis. Her neighbour, Sarah Masterson, of 13, Star Lane, Ipswich was present at the death. 

 

Soldiers’ Effects to George Spinks – father.

 

Edward is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary at the Quay Church, Ipswich.

 

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Editor: In 2018, 30+ letters written by Edward to his family back at home in Star Lane were kindly sent to the project from Norfolk. They had been found in a writing case purchased from an antique shop. Edward’s name was traced to this website, and we were contacted. Along with the letters are two photographs sadly unnamed, but we are sure Edward is one of the men pictured, in his uniform.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pte E Spinks

 B Company 4 Batt Suffolk Regt

Machine Gun

 On Service Aug 18 (1914)

 

 My Dear Hilda Father and all I could not send much on Joe’s card but I hope he liked it as he is a good boy. Let me know how the funeral went off and do as much as you can for Mr Burch I would never have thought it was the last time I should see her. We are now at Tiptree in Essex but do not put Tiptree in the address as it will let people know to much. We had a nice march yesterday and are moving again tomorrow. Tell Mrs Woodward & Reed I should like to here from them. I think from what I here we are going to Colchester for training in barracks which is now about 12 miles from here. If you see any one from Cobbolds tell them that we shall not be home till the end of the war. We are getting on well, but there was one chap got kicked yesterday and was removed to Colchester Hospital. I am now a skinner so Joe will have to wait till I get some money. Tell Father that Bill Foreman was as near getting killed as could be but he was not touched as the mare he was driving kicked the sanitary water cart to pieces there are two big holes in the tank that you might get your head in so of cours it cant be used lucky we had another.

 

Believe me

Your loving brother

Ted

xxxxxxx.

Same sheet of paper

August 19

I could not post this yesterday but I am posting today.
We have got our march done and we are done up. Will you send me 3 worth of Jackson foot powder as my feet are very uneasy. They did not put us in barracks but at an asylum. Joe must wait till I get down town. Send me some polish and brushes for buttons.

Your truely

E. Spinks

Editor: The Burch family lived next door to the Spinks at number 13, Star Lane. In 1911 Mr. Walter Burch, a widow lived with his daughters, Emma 14, Gladys 12, and son Frank 8, plus a widowed housekeeper Sarah Masterson, 40 and her sons, George 14 and Edward 13. Sarah Masterson died July 1914, aged 45.  Her son Edward Masterson was killed in action in 1918.

Mrs. Emma Woodward, a widow lived at number 20, Star Lane. (in 1911 with her 36 year old daughter Harriet).

 

 

Letter number 2.

 

 

Pte E Spinks

4 Batt Suffk Rgt

B Compy

Machine Gun

On Service

 

August 23/1914

 

My Dear Joe and all I am all right I thought perharps father would have been here today had I had known yesterday I should have sent his fare. There has been a lot of people from our grand old town that I know. I saw Sidney Sharp on Saturday night and went and had a drink with him. I bought a karki shirt on Saturday 5/6 and I am going to get another next pay day. Please send a waistcoat as the mornings are cold. Thanks for the currant loaf and polish which you can bet I began to want. We had a fine Church Parade today and had our own Chaplin from Ipswich. My kit bag if full to overcrowding. My dear Joe I am surprised at you for not having written as the soldiers were sent off on Friday night but it is not your fault perharps as you may not have received them. I think you will be pleased with them as they are all English British. 5 minutes after church parade me and my mate had a weekly wash 1 shirt 1 pair of pants 2 pair socks and they are now getting dry. If Mabel had been here she could not have helped laughing to see us as we looked tidy pictures. I think this is all as I am now going down to post this if the office in town is open. Tell Soot to send me a postcard as I have heard not much about her. Although I am away I am still her brother Soot.

 

I remain your loving son & brother

Ted Spinks

 

PS Photos for Joe and I dont here much from Aubrey and George are they all right.

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Pte E Spinks

B Compy

4 Batt Suff Ret

Machine Gun

On Service

 

Sept 18/1914

10/15am

 

Dear Hilda and all I am all right and hope you are the same. I got the parcel and am much obliged. I wrote to Mabel and asked her to get the photo of Kitchener, as I am short of pieces. Tell George he dont look like getting a ball yet as I only took 3/- bob to night but will have a little more at the end of the month. Tell father Bill Foremans in hospital but not to tell his wife if she do not already know as it is nothing serious. I am going to be noculated on Monday which is only a form of slight vaxination for protection of fever in camp this is nothing to do with going away. Please let me know when you get any money as I want to know as soon as you can but I dont think it will be till the end of the month of course it may be before. Let me know when Gladys birthday is and if I have got any money I will send her something but do not tell her as I may not have any. Now I must close with best love to all. Please write soon and let me here any news of interest.

 

I am your loving brother and son

Ted

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Pte E Spinks

4 Batt Suffk Regt B Coy

Machine Gun

On Service

 

Sept 25

 

1.

 

Dear Hilda Father and all I am all right after my job I told you of and am starting light work tomorrow. I cannot make out what I have done wrong as I have not had a letter for a week I told M in hers to wake you up a bit as I am always looking for one. I should like one yesterday when I was lying about drowsy, but still you have not got much time. I am getting paid at eight to night if it had been sooner I should have sent you a trifle. Ask Father to come and I will bear experiences for the day. If not on Sunday I should thing “Lugs” comonly called George might come as he is big and

2.

ugly enough I will see that he comes home by the early train father will you tell him the way or anyone will tell him but do not come on to the ground till he is told he can or till he sees someone coming on. I should think he is old enough to take the journey on if father cannot come father con get the ticket for him at the station if Father come as I hope he will he might bring Joe as I should like to see him and him me I am shore. You must excuse all mistakes as I am in a hurry for pay but I want to get this off in time .

 

I remain your ever loving

brother Ted

Merry & Bright as I hope you

are all xxxxxxxxx

 

Write an answer so I get it Sunday morning ask as soon as you get it.

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Pte E Spinks

4 Batt Suffk Regt B Coy

Machine Gun

On Service

 

Sept 28/1914

 

My dear sister and all I hope you are getting along allright as I am. I got the parcel Saturday night. I had a letter from Mabel I have sent a parcel of washing and a present for Gladys called (Soot) I think she will like them  as they cost a lot of money. We have been for a long march today and have not been home long I did not get the shoes till 3 minutes to eight then went and posted them do not send them back if they are to large they will always come in handy. You will have to wait until another week for the other money as they only pay once a month and this is only the 3rd week.

 

I was much surprised not to have someone down here yesterday as I had money then but I have not got much now and only 3/bob to come this Friday. I shall have to mind how I go. Do not destroy the brown paper and string and tie your parcels more secure in future as the last one was all open I am only sending the bill so you can see how much they were. Dont show it to Father as he will say Ted was a fool to give so much this is all I can do this month for you but you will not have to wait long now for the other. Wishing Gladys many happy returns of the day. Is she 5 or 6 as I have forgotten I am afraid they will be to big but they will do for next as they will not eat anything as Father say.

 

Yours Truly

Brother Ted

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Pte E Spinks

4 Batt Suffk Regt B Coy

Machine Gun

On Service

 

Sept 30/1914

 

Dear Hilda

I received your letter of the 26/ today saying father wood not be down on Sunday dont you think this is a shame. I received the one about the boots just after breakfast this morning which was much better. I am much surprised you sending the boots back as they would have kept for years and you will not get another pair like them as they will stop money for postage which will be 8 there and back. I saw them and liked them. It was my fault I will own up as I told them she was 6 instead of five. I shall not swear quietly if you write and tell me the next are to small. You could easily have let Lottie have had them and kept the postage for a little present for Gladys in money. You were lucky you knew where to send them as I was in two minds about sending the bill but of course you know best so I shall say no more about them. Please will you send my jersey but take the collar off first as the mornings are very cold. If Father can get down here tell him to come. But I shall not leave 10/- for him this Sunday. If not George can get down for the day surely. Fancy him being so awkward as to cut his finger. It was rumoured we were moving next week but of course I think it is cancelled we are still in tents. Of course I was sorry to here of Lugs accident as he is always so very careful if it had been Aubrey I should not have heard anything about it. Another long march tomorrow to the same place as Monday. Ask Joe if he cant put some different words at the end of his letters as his yarn is getting stale. Thank him for the photo I have just had a hair cut so might get cold.

 

Remember me to all

Your loving brother

Ted

xxxxxxxxxx

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Pte E Spinks

4 Batt Suffk Regt B Coy

Machine Gun

On Service

 

October 2/1914

 

Dear Hilda and all I hope you are well as it leaves me the same. We have just been inonoculated this afternoon as our ten days was up. How are you getting on with the shoes. I hope you will be able to get those hankerchiefs soon as they were very dirty. There is an order out that we are moving on Monday so ask if Father can come down as it might be his last chance. Of course it might be cancelled as we do not know five minutes together. Are they all right at home as I have so. I think this as all.

From loving brother

Ted xxxxxxx

 

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Pte E Spinks

4 Batt Suffk Regt B Coy

Ivy Lodge Farm

Boxted

Nr Colchester

Essex

 

21 Oct 1914

 

Dear sister and all I am getting on well and hope you are all the same. I am surprised I have not heard from you all the week do you get the money just the same. Of course you will see that I have changed my address as all the horses are undercover now at a farm and me and the transport have to sleep and grub at the place. Will you send my washing as soon as possible as I begin to want it. Tell George I shall have to see what I can do next week as I had to buy some more kit. Just say I will (missing)

send you something then.

  (missing text)

 

Ask George to get his mop cut I should like to know. There is a chap coming home tomorrow will you get those spurs ready as I should like them down here I believe they are in my box in the cupboard if not in that one in the closet. This farm has not had anyone in for three years. Send letters to the above address as I shall get them quicker. Will you kindly write soon as I look for a letter every day. I think this is all now from your loving brother

Ted

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704 Coy C 4 Battn. Suffk Regt.

Ivy Lodge

Boxted

Nr Colchester

 

My Dear Sister I am writing to let you know  I am alright and hope you are all the same. If I am not home by Sunday let George come down as I want to see him very particular as we are going abroad shortly as I have been to Deptford for new harness limber and horses. Tell him not to bring my linnen as I shall not want them but to bring a bag for some of my spare kit I have been served out with a cardigan. If you do not here from me before Sunday tell him he must come down. I am all in a hurry so excuse short letter.

 

from Ted

 

xxx

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Pte E Spinks

4 Batt Suffk Regt

Machine Gun

On Service

 

Dear Hilda and all I hope you are allright as it leaves me the same but I cannot make out what is the matter with you all as I have not heard from you all. This week of course you know all letters and parcels come carriage forward now as the public are calling out about it so of course you need not send any parcels as I shall have to pay for them and I shall have to do my washing myself as if you get 10d a week out of 3/6 it does not leave much for yourself does it of course you will send all letters by post in the usual way before the war of course I might send a parcel now and again but not every week and you will have to pay for return by post. How is Aubrey George and all I should like to hear something from you all. Did Father get home allright as I did and had time to spare. I might ask Mrs Woodward what Mrs Candlers adress is I know it is near hear somewhere but not exactly where. I saw him yesterday at a shooting party I do not expect you remember him but Mrs Woodward will know her if I can find out I shall go and see her. I have sent Grace a letter told her a little about the war and wished her a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

I think this is all they will not send any parcels or letters from the drill hall now

 

I remain

Your loving

brother Ted

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Pte E Spinks

704 C Compy

Machine Gun

On Service

 

Nov 6 1914

 

My Dear sister and all we left Colchester this morning and are now at Southampton ready to embark as soon as the ship is ready which I hear is Monday. We got hear all right and I have only got what I stand up in as we came away in such a hurry we could not stop for kit or anything else. Will you tell George to go to Boxted as soon as he can as my kit will come in handy for some of you after spending all that money over it tell him to go on Sunday as he will know my stuff. Give my best respects as I cannot write now as I feel tried. Believe me your ever loving brother.

Ted

Been up since 4/30

 

Do not worry as God will take care of me and bring me safely back I hope

xxxxxx

Good bye for the present

Show this to Mabel

 

At the bottom of the page Mabel wrote to her sister Hilda

 

Dear Mabel,

This letter came this dinner time do you think I ought to write or not.

Hilda

 

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Southampton

8/11/14

 

Dear sister

Just a P C to let you know our address

 

Drvr E Spinks

4th Batt Suffk Regt

Machine Gun

British Expeditionary Force

 


Pte E Spinks

704 4th Batt Suffk Regt

C Compy

Machine Gun

Expeditionary Force

Active Service

 

Nov 13/1914

 

My Dear Sister and Father I am going on well and hope you are the same. I got your kind letters and was glad to here you were well. I am now at Havre. I have had a letter from Mabel and here she is alright. Kindly remember me to all as I can not write much as we are busy. I think this is all from your loving brother and son

Ted

 

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Pte E Spinks

704 4th Batt Suffk Regt

C Compy

Machine Gun

Expeditionary Force

 

Nov 20/1914

 

Dear Hilda Father and all I hope this will find you all well as it leaves me the same except cold.

I have just had a box of fags from Mabel which I am glad of I can tell you as it is very cold out here. It has been snowing nearly all day and now freezing. If George got my safety razor will you send it as I should like it here and my karki shirt. We left Havre and are now in hearing of the guns but a long way from them in billets. I think this is all from your loving brother and son

Ted

 

 

Pte E Spinks

4th Batt Suffk Regt

Machine Gun

C Compy

Expeditionary Force

 

Dec 2/1914      answered

 

Dear Mabel

I am writing to let you know that I am quite well and hope you are the same. many thanks for the papers and they are very handy. Will you kindly send me a common razor if you get one as I have not got my kit bag and shall not now I am sure. I am very sorry I did not write before but we have been moving about pretty often lately. I have not answered Hilda’s last letter yet but I will do so now. It seems hardly the truth that this is December I suppose you are looking forward to Christmas I hope you will enjoy yourself as I shall if all goes as it is going now. Hoping this will find you in the best of health

I remain your loving brother

Ted

 

PS

 

Will you kindly send me Graces adress as I have lost it and should like to write I think this is all xxxx

 

same page

 

Dec 3/1914

 

Dear Mabel many thanks for papers I have just received I think this is all today

Good Bye

Ted

 

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Pte E Spinks

C Compy

Machine Gun

4th Batt Suffk Regt

Expeditionary Force

 

December 1914

 

My dear H I got your letter several days ago and am glad to hear you are all right as it leaves me at present I have a cold but that is nothing. Please ask George to send me a few woodbines as I almost forgot the taste of them. I am glad to hear he is at Mr. Christies and tell him to stick at it as it will do him good. Ask Aubrey if he would like to be out here with me as a buglerlar now as I dought if he would. I cannot help for Christmas as the money would not be any use to him as it is French and not

much of that. Kindly remember me to all and I hope you will enjoy yourselves this Christmas as you have done in other years. Of course I shall not be there unless things alter mighty.

Hoping this will find you all well as it leaves me the same at present I remain

Your loving brother

and son Ted

Ask father for a letter from him as I do not hear much of him.

 

I am very sorry to hear of the death of poor old Tom Florrie as I had a drink last time I saw him I have just seen it in your paper.

 

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Pte E Spinks

4th Batt Suffk Regt

C Compy

Machine Gun

Expeditionary Force

 

Dece/1914 Sunday

 

Dear Hilda Father & all I am getting on alright and hope you are the same. We are move up now and are now waiting to go in to the reserve trenches. We can hear the Alies shelling the German trenches. You would laugh to see me making candles out of mutton fat in bully tins and string. We are in danger yet. We have had three moves this week. We are billeted on board a barge similar to Packards only larger and are used for coal on the canal. The people we are with can begin to speak English as we are teaching them I can tell you. Walter had a piece of good luck yesterday it was a box of woodbines between four of us. We are close to a church which is one mass of ruins made by our soldiers as the Germans had a machine gun in it and they got roused out in a d– hurry according to what I hear of it. I think this is all now from your loving brother and son

Ted Spinks

Take the paper enclosed to the Drill Hall an you can get my kit.

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Note: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion:
On 20th December 1914 the 4th Battalion the Suffolk’s reached the village of Givenchy next to La Bombe Crossroads, near Neuve-Chapelle, and La Bassée Canal. Setting out from the village of Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée, B Company crossed the canal and joined the 1st Manchester Regiment at the Village line. C- Company on the edge of the canal rise and D-Company in the support trenches at the brewery. A-Company became the reserve in Cuinchy. During that afternoon the Germans attacked and captured a large part of the village but were repelled by the 1st Battalion the Manchester Regiment and “B”- Company 4th Suffolk Regiment Casualties were recorded as “light” this was one of the first battles the 4th Battalion took part in of the defence of Givenchy. 22nd December the Battalion left the line returning to Beuvry.

 

Field Service Postcard Dec 24/1914

 

I am quite well.

 

I have received your letter & parcel

 

Letter follows at first opportunity.

 

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Pte E Spinks

4th Batt Suffk Regt

Machine Gun

Expeditionary Force

 

Dec 31st 1914

 

My dear sister Father and all I am going on well and hope you are all the same. I received your parcel and many thanks. We had a most enjoyable Xmas under the circumstances. The menu I have sent in Mabels letter. I am sorry to say that we lost one of our gunners when we were in action. His name is Dan Dixey and lives in Portman St. His boys go to Aubreys school so of course he would know them. Thank George for the cigarettes he sent me. And also Aubrey for the sweets. I had a letter from Mr. Bacon the other day and am now going to answer it. I have not got much to write about this time. We are in billets and are all well. Ask George to thank Mrs. Green for the things she sent and wish her a bright and happy new year. Now I must close wishing you all a bright new year

I remain

your loving

Brother & Son

Ted Spinks

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Pte E Spinks

4th Batt Suffk Regt

Machine Gun

Expeditionary Force

 

Jan 13/1914

 

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My Dear Hilda Father and all I am going on quite well and hope you are all the same. Many thanks for your kind letter which I received yesterday. We are not exactly up to our own knees in mud but we get plenty of rain. I am sorry to hear Gladys has got a cold upon her chest but do as the song says and rub her with camphorated oil. The relies you speak of are of Sergeant Pye not Private. I do not know Corporal Dixey at all, but if you are refuring to Dan he was a Private. Miss Lovely sent us chocolate cigarettes tobacco and matches. I received a long letter from

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Grace the other day and have posted it on to Mabel as the letter was one I thought she would like to see. We are still at the rest place and am having a fairly good time of it. You will see I started this letter wrong but perhaps you can make it out. Hoping you will be all in the best of health as I am at present I remain

Your Affectionate

Brother and Son

Ted Spinks

 

PS when you send another letter do not put France on it.

 

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Pte E Spinks

4th Batt Suffk Regt

Machine Gun Section

Expeditionary

Force

 

Janvilr 26/1915

 

My Dear Sister Father and all

I am going on well and hope you are all the same. I am sorry I could not write before, but we have been in the firing line again, and came off very lucky as usual. I have not heard from you for a fortnight will you let me know if things are as they should be at home. I had a letter and parcel from Uncle Albert and I got it the night we went up to the firing line so the cigarettes came in very handy. Mabel sent me Graces letter and from what I make of it she seems to wish she was back in Blighty England I do not think there is much more to say so I will now close wishing you all the best of health

I remain

Your affectionate

Brother & Son

Ted Spinks

xxxxxxxx

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704 Pte E Spinks

4th Batt Suffk Regt

Machine Gun Section

Expeditionary

Force

 

Jan 30/1915

 

My Dear Hilda Father and all I am going on quite well and hope you are the same. There is no need for you to worry as we got out of our scrap all ok. There was one letter mislaid  I daresay as I wrote before moving. Of course you must understand duty before writing. I have just been reading about the Zeppelin raid and I reckon this Kaiser is either is a d– fool as he can get nothing by killing innocent children. I have not heard anything about the Brighton line disaster but I am glad to hear only one person was killed. What was the reason for Father leaving Shipps I suppose he was fed up. I have written to ask and he has sent no reply yet. Can you send me a card or two of bachelors buttons as I can do with some and anything you can think will be useful. Wishing you a bright and happy birthday

I remain

Your affectionate

Brother

Ted Spinks

 

same letter

 

Jan 30/1915

 

Dear Joe,

I am glad to hear you are going on well as I am the same at present. I heard about the victory in the North Sea and also about the Kings Lynn affair. The Kaiser did not have such a happy birthday as he thought he would. One young man said he enlisted because he did not like to see his holiday resort smashed up, did you ever hear such squit. If everyone was of his opinion we should not have much of an army. Is Towser still alright will you let me know I do not think there is much more to say except that the weather has improved a lot this last few days plenty of frost but no snow. I will now close wishing you the best of health I remain

Your affectionate

Brother

Ted

 

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Pte E Spinks

4th Batt Suffk Regt

Machine Gun Section

Expeditionary Force

 

My Dear Sister Father and all just a few lines to say that I am going on well and hope you are the same. We are now resting after 18 Days in the trenches. Of course I was not there but the team were and had a fairly good time considering. Me and the Corporal and Doctor Wells servant were about a mile back in a house and stables for the horses. I am glad that you are all well. I am glad to hear that the Zeppelin did no damage. It is a good job I am a decent scolar or else I should not be able to make out what you mean as you have missed out half the words in one line. xxxxxx

 

same letter

 

Dear Joe I am going on alright and hope you are the same. I heard about the Turks being defeated on the Suez Canal and also about the cruiser and the torpedo boat the British Bulldogs sunk. Now I must close as it is time for parade

I remain

Your Affectionate

Brother

Ted Spinks


 

Field Service Postcard (received by Mabel 5th February 1915)

 

I am quite well.

 

I have received your letter dated Jan 31st

 

Letter follows at first opportunity.

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Field Service Postcard 5th February 1915

 

I am quite well.

 

I have received your letter dated Jan 16th

 

Letter follows at first opportunity.

 

 

 

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Pte E Spinks

C Compy

Machine Gun Section

4th Batt Suffk Regt

Expeditionary

Force

 

Feb 14/1915

 

My Dear Hilda Father and all I am going on well and hope you are all the same. We are still resting after the in the firing line. I see by the almanac that today is St. Valentines Day. If anyone had told me last year that we should have been out here now I should not have believed them. Will you send me a pair of socks for my boots size 9 as I have not got a pair. Is George still at Mr Christies as you did not tell me much news in the last letter. Do you get any extra money as I think you should do. I believe you go to the County Association Princess St to apply for it. If so you might let me know as soon as possible as I should like to know. Now I must close wishing you all the best of health I remain

Your Affectionate

Brother & Son

Ted Spinks

 

Feb 14/1915

 

Dear Joe

I am going on well and hope you are the same. We got out of our last lot alright and are now resting. I suppose you are getting a big boy now and also a good one. Look after my Towser as I should not like to loose him. We are in a fairly good billet some way away from the firing line. tell Mr B to write to me as I should like to here from him. Now I must close wishing you the best of health

I remain

Your loving

Brother

Ted

 


Pte E Spinks

4th Batt Suffk Regt

Machine Gun Section

Expeditionary

Force

 

Feb 25/ 1915

 

My Dear Hilda Father & all

I am going on well and hope you are all the same. By the time you get this letter we may be in the firing line as we have left our rest place. I am glad to hear Father has good work at present. I ment Mr Bacon in my last letter. I am glad to hear Towser is alright. I did not even know that Mr Burch was married. I believe I know Bill Skippings I got those buttons alright but you have not sent the socks I asked for size 9 for my boots as they are too large. You did not tell me what I wanted to know, weather you got any extra money or not. You might let me know. Now I must close as there is not any more to say. I remain

Your Affectionate

Brother & Son

Ted

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Pte E Spinks

4th Batt Suffk Regt

Machine Gun Section

Expeditionary

Force

 

Feb 27/1915

 

My Dear Hilda

Father and all just a few lines hoping you are in the best of health as it leaves me the same at present. We are waiting for our chance again and hope it will be soon as it gives one the hump waiting for orders. I am glad to hear George is going on well, and also Lottie, I hope she will not have her usual complaint this coming spring as she generally does. Do by all means keep her warm. I do not think there is much more to say now wishing you all the best of health.

I remain

Your Affectionate

Brother & Son

Ted Spinks

 


704 Pte E Spinks

4th Batt Suffk Regt

Machine Gun Section

Expeditionary

Force

 

Mar 16/1915

 

My Dear Hilda Father and all just a few lines to let you know that I am quite well as you no dought will be worrying about us as soon as you hear we have been in action again. We had about 3 days in our last issue and it was a fair hell on earth I can tell you. We have had a lot of casualties I am sorry to say but only one on our gun team and that is only light. We were in a Great Advance and you talk about Jack Johnson’s I have seen alot of alleman’s prisoners as the French call them and even carried some of the wounded into hospital. I do not think a lot of the Kaisers army as they look the worst set of fellows that I have ever seen. Many thanks for the (missing) and also the tobacco which I received just before we went up this last time. I have just had a letter from Jack Bull at Cobbolds, and also his photo which is very much like him. I am glad to hear Joe is going on well and tell him to make haste and grow and come out here with me and the boys as we could do with him. I am glad to hear Father has got regular work and also you are in the best of health. I notice that it only want to more days to “Saint Patricks” but I shall not have any Shamrock this year as I have done other years. I was going to ask you to send some but it cannot get here in time but you can send some buns for Good Friday as it will soon be hear. Now I think this is all. Wishing you all the best of health.

I remain your Affectionate

Brother & Son

Ted Spinks

 

PS I am writing to Mabel next letter

 

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Field Service Postcard 21st March 1915

 

I am quite well.

 

 

Letter follows at first opportunity.

 

I have received no letter from you lately.

 

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Pte E Spinks

4th Batt Suffk Regt

Machine Gun Section

Expeditionary Force

 

March 26/1915

 

My Dear Hilda Father and all

I am going on quite well and hope you are all the same. We have been in the trenches again and are now out. I am glad to hear Lieutenant Catchpole has been to see you. I am sorry to hear Mr Burch is ill. But hope he will soon be better. Will you kindly send me a handkerchief or two no matter what colour but karki are best as they do not show the dirt. Will you also send some more buttons. I suppose George is still at Mr Christies and hope he is going on well. I am very sorry to say I did not write to Grace for her birthday but I will do so as soon as I can get a letter off. Hoping this will find you well as it leaves me at present. I remain

Your Affectionate

Brother & Son

Ted Spinks

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Pte E Spinks

4th Batt Suffk Regt

Machine Gun Section

Expeditionary

Force

 

Mar 29/15

 

My Dear Hilda Father and all I am just writing to let you know that I am quite well. We have been in the trenches and are out again. I could not write before as we have several officers on leave so of course it is a job to get letters off without delay. The weather here is improving but the wind has been very stingy there is signs of snow today. Now I think of it will you have the grave sun to as I daresay it begins to look bad again. Have you got any extra money yet as I told you where to apply for it as some chaps parents have had over 7 pounds. I am glad to hear Father has got work at present. Tell Mabel I cannot write to her yet as it is awkward to get letters through. Now I must close as there is not much more to say at present wishing you the best of health I remain

Your Affectionate

Brother and Son

Ted Spinks

 

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Field Service Postcard April 9/1915

 

I am quite well.

 

Letter follows at first opportunity.

 

I have received no letter from you for a long time.

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16th May 1915; aged 24. KILLED IN ACTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH POSTCARD

Dear ? I dont know whether you can  ////these /////but that is the best they could do for us Alec came ////home// today so I have taken this job

I am sending a P C for Mabel and Grace also one for you how is father getting on tell him     along with George from Pickford?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One comment on “EDWARD JAMES SPINKS
  1. Rachel Bedford says:

    I am, distantly, related to Edward. I have been doing my family tree, using Ancestry, and found he is my 3rd cousin x2 removed. My great grandfathers oldest brother William Spinks was at the places Edward mentions so they must have been there together, maybe they didn’t know it.

    Williams Grandfather, Fredrick Spinks, is Edwards great grandfathers younger brother.

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