Eldred John Spence was born 6 August 1899 at Cockfield to John and Hannah Spence. In 1901 the family lived at Main Street, Cockfield. He attended Cockfield C. of E. School then County School from 1907. The family lived at Oxford Terrace. In 1911 they lived at 5 Victoria Terrace
He joined the Machine Gun Corps [service no.161830]. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals, stayed on as class ‘Z’ army reserve until 1920.
He married Hilda A. Stevens in 1921. He died December 1982 aged 83.