Lot Archive


№ 615


6 July 2004

Hammer Price:

Five: Corporal R. Spackman, Wiltshire Regiment, three times wounded during the Great War

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal (5127 Pte., Wilts. Regt.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps (5127 Pte., Wiltshire Regt.); 1914 Star with clasp (5127 Pte., 1/Wilts. R.); British War and Victory Medals (5127 Cpl., Wilts. R.) first two with contact marks and edge bruising, good fine; others extremely fine (5) £250-300

Roland Spackman was born in the Parish of Monkton, near Swindon, Wiltshire. A labourer by trade he attested for the Wiltshire Regiment in 1898, aged 18 years, and served with the regiment in the Boer War. In the Great War he served with the 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment, entering the France / Flanders theatre of war on 1 November 1914. He received shrapnel wounds to the forehead on 14 November 1914 and was admitted to hospital in Boulogne and thence transferred to England. He rejoined his regiment in the field on 1 February 1915 and was promoted Corporal in May. On 12 June 1915 he received a gunshot wound to the left leg and was admitted to hospital and convalesced at Rouen. He rejoined the Wiltshires on 21 July 1915 only to be wounded again on 1 September 1915, with gunshot wounds to the left groin and shoulder. Transferred to hospital in England, he was discharged from the Army with a disablement pension in November 1918. Sold with a quantity of copied service papers.