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This photo was found among some photo's in Doverhouse, Birsay .
Does anyone know this soldier?
He is a gun layer in the Cavalry and the chevrons are either years of service or merit stripes - or so I've been told.
Picture added on 16 April 2009
They're overseas service chevrons, one for each years service overseas.. They were coloured blue. The exception was a red one which indicated the bearer was overseas in 1914 as part of the original B.E.F. (British Expiditonary Force) to France. A close examination of the original can usually see the subtle difference in colour in the sepia.
Anonymous comment added on 18 April 2009
My ancesters lived in Doverhouse back to my great,great,great,great grandfather who was born in about 1796. I live in Australia and have just visited Orkney. The owners of Doverhouse Birsay showed me around and allowed me to take photo's.
My grandfathers brother, John Spence died in the first world war, Canadian Infantry and is buried in Calis France. This photograph could be one of my ancesters.
Added by Suzanne Spence on 06 November 2010
John Spence was killed in France while serving with the Canadian Forces in May 1917. His name is on the War Memorial in Vimy, France.
I have no record of the whereabouts of his grave.
Added by Rae Phillips on 08 November 2010
The above soldier is not John Spence of Doverhouse.
Suzanne, email me direct [email protected]
Added by Rae Phillips on 15 November 2010
My name is Malcom Spence and my ancestors were John Spence and Jean Spence of Whitclat/Quoythaclet Birsay. John Spence and Jean Spence were my g-g-g grandparents. John Spence was the brother of Margaret Spence of Doverhouse. Does anyone know how I can get in touch with Suzanne Spence from Australia who is a descendant of Margaret Spence of Doverhouse.If you have any info. you can e-mail me at [email protected] Many Thanks Malcolm
Added by Malcolm Spence on 25 February 2021
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