Born: 1884, Wickham Market, Suffolk.
Died on or since death presumed: 13th November 1916; KiA.
First Enlistment: Location: Bury St. Edmunds; Date: 16th January 1902; Age: 18 years & 1 month; Occupation: Gardener; Religion: CofE. Next of Kin: Father – William Spall of 55, Tower Hamlets, Ipswich.Height: 5ft 5 3/4ins, fair complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair.
Home: 16th January 1902 – 3rd February 1904.
India: 4th February 1904 – 27th December 1907.
Home: 28th December 1907 – 15th January 1914.
Discharged on termination of period of engagement – served 12 years – Private – 5987 – 15th January 1914.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 10th October 1914 – France.
Rank: Sergeant: Service Number: 3/9109
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
1891 Woodbridge Road, Wickham Market, Suffolk.
William was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
William Spall, 46, a Gardener, born Dallinghoo, Suffolk.
Agnes Ann Spall (nee Gooding), 42, born London.
Eleanor Spall, 10, born Tunstall, Suffolk.
Ethel Spall, 7, born Tunstall.
Cecil Spall, 4, born Wickham Market.
Leonard Spall, 9 months, born Wickham Market.
1901 Tower Ramparts, Ipswich.
William was 16 years old, a Gardener. He was living with his parents & siblings.
William, 53, a Gardener.
Ethel, 18, a General Domestic Servant.
1911 14, Garrett’s Buildings, St. Matthew’s Street, Ipswich.
William was 25 years old, a Jobbing Gardener. He was living with his parents & brother.
William, 65, a Jobbing Gardener – own account.
Leonard, 20, a Gardener & House Worker.
Mrs Spall of No. 6, Handford Square, Handford Road, Ipswich, made an application for Clasp – 2nd December 1919 in respect for her late son William Spall.
Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion:
The Battle of Ancre in the Serre sector was the last of the 1916 Battles of the Somme for the 2nd Battalion. The weather had been very poor with flooded trenches, many communication trenches being abandoned. The Battalion was sent into the line on the 6th November for an attack, but was later cancelled through more bad weather and rescheduled for the 10th, this too was canceled. On the night of the 12th the Battalion moved out onto open positions, moving off at 05:00 hrs on the 13th. Moving in extremely muddy conditions making slow progress through “no mans land” taking the first wave 45 minutes to reach the German lines. The weather had given them good cover, but all officers on the first wave were casualties, despite this, the Suffolk’s reach the second line. Holding it the rest of the day the battalion was unable to move more men up through the mud and wire failing to reorganise. The battalion returned back to the line taking 272 casualties.