Spencer, Robert Cheney
Regiment: Kitchener’s Horse
Service No: 3288
Boer War service: Not known
Date of enlistment: Not known
Date of discharge: 14 Sept 1900
Reason for discharge: Medically Unfit
Other information: May have also served in Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Volunteer Rifles
Born: 1860 in Madeley, Shropshire.
Family: He was seventh of nine children born to Thomas Spencer, an ironmaster and farmer, and his wife Hannah. No marriage can be traced for Robert.
Residence: In 1861 he was living with his parents and siblings at Malinslee Hall, Dark Lane Row, Dawley, Madeley; by 1871 they had moved to Farm House, Brewood, Penkridge, Staffordshire. In 1881 the family had moved to Shifnal, Shropshire, but Robert was not living with them. His eldest brother, Arthur Percy Spencer was a solicitor who lived and practiced in Whitchurch for many years and we surmise from contemporary newspaper articles that Robert was living with him prior to enlisting and serving in the Boer War.
Employment: At the time of his death he was listed as a tobacco planter in Rhodesia
Death: 8 March 1920 in Wynberg, Cape Province, South Africa aged about 56