1950/6 Alabaster Salmon
30" long x 8.5" high
Commissioned by Lancelot Dykes Spicer (1893-1979) in memory of his only son Lt. Roger Lancelot Spicer,
1 Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, killed in action near Anzio, Italy, May 1944.
Lancelot Spicer: Born 1893, Died 1979; educated at Rugby School and Trinity College, Cambridge; served in World War One, 1914-1918; commissioned into the Army, 1914; temporary Lt, 1915; served on Western Front with 9 (Service) Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1915-1917; temporary Capt, 1916; Battle of the Somme, 1916; awarded MC, 1917; Adjutant, 10 (Service) Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1917-1918; awarded Bar to MC, 1918; Bde Maj, 64 Infantry Bde, 1918; awarded DSO, 1918; Chairman, Spicers Limited, 1950-1959; died 1979. Publications: Letters from my son, 1942-1944, Roger Lancelot Spicer, edited by his father, Capt Lancelot Dykes Spicer (Unwin, London, 1946); Letters from France, 1915-1918, Lancelot Dykes Spicer (Robert York, London, 1979). A collection of Lancelot Spicer’s papers are held in the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives. Lancelot was a member of the Spicers Limited paper family.
His father was Sir Albert Spicer, 1st Baronet (16 March 1847 – 20 December 1934), businessman and Liberal Party politician. Sir Albert Spicer was born in Brixton, London, the son of James Spicer D.L. of Alton, Hampshire (4 May 1807-23 January 1888), a wealthy paper merchant and a well-known congregationalist, and Louisa Edwards (5 October 1813-19 January 1892), daughter of Evan Edwards and Mary Ann Johnson. He was the sixth child in a family of twelve, with three brothers and six sisters, he was the second son, after his brother James (great grandfather of the Labour MP Harriet Harman). When James Spicer Senior died in 1888, Albert inherited the paper company with his brother James, transforming it into the largest and most productive paper company in the world. On 6th March 1879, he married Jessie Stewart Dykes, daughter of David Dykes and his wife Janet Buxton. They had eleven children, three boys and eight girls: Albert, Marion, Bertha, Grace, Stewart Dykes, Janet, Lancelot, Gwendoline Elaine, Eva, Olga and Ursula. He was created a Baronet in 1906, and served as Member of Parliament for the Monmouth Boroughs from 1892 to 1900, and for Hackney Central from 1906 to 1918. He was a J.P. for Essex and was appointed as a Privy Councillor in 1912. He died on 20 December 1934. His title was inherited by his first son Albert, then, on his death in 1966, Stewart Dykes inherited the title. The paper trade was taken over by his son Lancelot.
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