Jacob Spain

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Name:Jacob Spain
Address:Station Road, East Boldon
Conflict:Boer War & WW1
Rank:Trooper - Lance Corporal
StoryJacob Spain Born Sunderland b1866 to Father Jacob Spain Shipowner b1835 Brothers Joseph b1871, Douglass b1876 a Manufacturers agent (trains), Sister Elizabeth b1855 and Mary b1862 also nephew Albert Spain b1890 ship owners Clerk. Jacob was employed as a House Builder living with his Father in East Boldon in 1901. Jacobs military career started when he was a Trooper in the 35th Battalion Imperial Yoemanry in the Boer War, His name is listed on the memorial plaque in St Nicholas's Church West Boldon. Later he was to join the Canadian Infantry enlisting in March 17th 1915. It is interesting to note at which time he would have been aged 49, But he has stated his birthdate as being 1875 on the enlistment documents. The name of next of kin given is Douglass Spain (brother) with address of East Boldon and his occupation is stated as being a Builder and Contractor so we know it is the correct person and he has clearly lied about his age when signing up. Also on the paper section 10 he has identfied that he has served before in the Boer War as previosuly mentioned. What you can also see on the 2nd page of his enlistement papers in the apparent age they have started to write 49 and have changed it to 39. He was enlisted in the 47th Battalion reg No 629898 of the Canadian Infantry at New Westminister, British Columbia. whether he saw any action at this point is unknown however one Canadian source has him identified as a Lance Corporal

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