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great service to both young
and middle aged men in the
family. Another property was
district with his generosity.
the gardener’s cottage of a
Whilst he might have been
HISTORY
similar size, necessary, as the
blessed with wealth, he was
property stood in six acres,
always willing to share his
well back from the road, and
worldly goods with those less
hardly visible to passersby.
fortunate than himself.
Home front
During the First World War, a number of boys
from the Bible Class joined up, and some were
killed in action. Graham Spicer used to travel
to wherever the men were station in Britain,
and would try to present at the ports/railways
stations on their return from fighting. The
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boys also raised money at home by growing
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potatoes and cabbages both at the rear of
the institute, and in Blagdon Road. Parts of
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the grounds at Voewood were also given over
to the growing of vegetables of behalf of the
group. In September 1918 alone 1¾cwts of
potatoes were sold.
Death and funeral
Graham Spicer died of pneumonia after an TURN TO PAGE 64
attack of “Spanish Flu” on 3rd November 1918,
eight days before the armistice was signed. He
was 37 years old. He had been well enough to
attend the monthly meeting at the institute on
the 17th of the previous month.
His funeral held at Christchurch was attended
by his brother Albert, Dr Cran, Representatives
of the Belgian Ministry of War, Belgian
Government, Ministry of Munitions, National
Projectile Factory, Malden and Coombe District
Council, Spicer Brothers Ltd, various Liberal
Associations, London Chamber of Commerce,
London City Mission, various Churches in
the area, and of course boys from the Young
Mens Institute - some in Khaki, the wounded in
Hospital Blue. He was buried in the churchyard
of St John The Baptist, Old Malden.
At a committee meeting in January the
following year, it was decided that the institute
building be called the Graham Spicer Institute
in his memory. Mr Spicer injected a lot of his
own money as finance for the Bible Class, and
when he died, left the building to the institute
together with money for its upkeep. The club
was much needed at the time as there were no
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other youth clubs, and Mr Spicer performed a
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