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his full term).This was in order to take up
important war work. and maintenance of this community, Spicer
was awarded the Crown of Belgium. (He was
HISTORY
War work notified of the award two days before his
His progress within Spicers was swift, and he death).
was presented with an illuminated address
by members of his staff when the company Home life
celebrated its “coming of age” in 1911. He was He took up fellowship of the Royal
elected Managing Director in 1912, but due to Geographical Society and he travelled widely.
the First World War he resigned his post to join Acting on behalf of the council of the London
the Ministry of Munitions as liaison officer to the Chamber Of Commerce and attending
Belgium Government. He was also elected a the congress in Boston in Sept 1912, and
member of the committee to decide what type often used his large property in Malden to
of work should be undertaken by conscientious entertain foreign visitors on behalf of the
objectors. He was unable to serve himself Chamber, including a large delegation in
due to an injury to his right wrist. It was while May 1913. Voewood, which stood on the site
working at the Ministry that he came up with the now occupied by Voewood Close (Motspur
idea of using Belgian Labour in the making of Park), was built in the 1880s. It was originally
munitions. A large factory (National Projectile called the Alders, and was a building of three
Factory) was established at Elisabethville near storeys with attics. It had a billiard room for
Birtly (close to Newcastle upon Tyne) with the recreation, and housing a fitted organ, it was
workforce comprising of Belgian refugees and an ideal place in which to hold some religious
wounded servicemen. It became a complete services. The servants (maids etc) had their
self-contained town housing 3000 men. For own hall, and sleeping quarters. Outside the
the work he accomplished in the construction main property was a double garage with four
room accommodation for the chauffer and
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