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VC552   Spencer John Bent

BORN   18 March 1891

DIED   3 May 1977  AGE   86

VC Won    1-2 November 1914   AGE   23

Place VC Won   Near Le Gheer, Belgium

War/Campaign   First World War 1914

Name   Spencer John Bent   No.   8581

VC Issue No.   552   Awards   VC   MM   

Regiment   East Lancashire Regiment, 1st Battalion

Later   Queens Lancashire Regiment

Now   Duke of Lancaster Regiment

Rank VC Won   Drummer

Rank End Of Career   Regimental Sergeant-Major

Place Of Birth   The Pickerel Inn, Station Yard, Stowmarket, Suffolk, England

Place Of Death   At his home, Hackney, London, England

Buried/Location Ashes   West Norwood Crematorium, Norwood Road, London, England

Cremated   West Norwood Crematorium, Norwood Road, London, England

Date Buried/Cremated   5 May 1977

Headstone   Plaque   Plot/Grave no.   Garden of Remembrance, Rosebed 41

Gazetted   9 December 1914

VC Presented   13 January 1915 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England


P  Memorial plaque on wall, West Norwood Crematorium, South London

Entry in Book of Remembrance, West Norwood Crematorium, Norwood Road, South London

P  Plaque on former home, The Pickeral pub, Stowmarket, Suffolk

P  Named on Regimental Victoria Cross plaque, Blackburn Cathedral, Lancashire

Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, Market Place, Stowmarket, Suffolk

By The Way…

He was part of the Guard of Honour at the burial of the Unknown Warrior, Westminster Abbey, November 1920

VC Held By

The Lord Ashcroft collection I.W.M



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