Diplock, Spencer

Dates: 1888-1917

War Service: (Arthur) Spencer Diplock served as a Serjeant with the 1st Battalion Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) and his service number was L/11539. He died of his wounds on 6th September 1917 at the King George Hospital, London.

Location of Memorial: He is buried in Brockley cemetery, where his name is recorded on the screen wall listing those whose graves have no headstone.

Details: Arthur Spencer Diplock, known as Spencer Diplock, was born c1888 in Marks Cross, Kent.

In 1891 he was recorded living at 19 Style House Cottage, Rotherhithe with his parents John and Philadelphia and his siblings David, Charles, George and Philadelphia.

He married Mary Emma Thornton between April and June 1908 in Dover. They had two daughters; Philadelphia May (born 1910) and Violet Idaline Kathleen (born 1914).

In 1912 he was living at 159 Shardloes Road, Brockley.

Spencer Diplock had first enlisted in the army in January 1906. Outside of the military he had worked on the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway as a Westinghouse brakesman.

After being wounded at Vimy Ridge on 4th April 1917, he was discharged on 29 August 1917 due to being no longer physically fit for active service. On his discharge documents he was described as being 5 ft 6 inches tall with grey eyes, dark brown hair and a fresh complexion. He had a gunshot wound on his back and tattoos on both arms. He was found to be honest, sober and intelligent during his service and his conduct had been exemplary


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