Captain Freddy Spencer. One Man Army

#1
Apologies if done. Did a search and nothing came up. This man was nails without a doubt!

Sort of puts the beasting thread to bed really with what this gentleman achieved.

Linkety here

Well done Sir and RIP.
 
#2
Thank you for this; I hadn't heard of the man or his exploits before. I shall order the book today, looks like a thumping good read.

I despaired for a moment though because whilst I initially thought he might be an outstanding candidate for the ever popular and well read thread, "The Army Eccentric," he looked altogether too sane and ordered to qualify. Not to worry, there's a little oddness in us all and this line, "He exulted in pushing himself to extremes, once encouraging his fellow pupils to hit him over the head with a cricket bat 'to see how hard he could take it,'" is enough to add him to the list. Pressing wild flowers and canibilisim push him up this list too!

Thanks!
 
#4
Bloody good story to start the day with, good find J8! :)
 
#5
Am definitely going to have to get the book. What a bloke
 
#7
What a player! Hollywood could never have dreamed up something like this. This man is still a shining example, unfortunately those who are most in need of taking note, are most unlikely to do so.
 
#9
I remember reading "the Jungle is Neutral" back in the early 70s... I think it was a Sandbags prescribed reader at one time.

You just wonder what someone like Mears would have got up to if he had been around at the time..

Cometh the day, cometh the man!
 
#10
He exulted in pushing himself to extremes, once encouraging his fellow pupils to hit him over the head with a cricket bat 'to see how hard he could take it.'

Man Points....
 
#12
Rather puts Bravo Two Zero into perspective.

And to think that these days "heroes" are people that do well on Big Brother.
 
#16
It's been mentioned already, but 'The jungle is neutral' is a right good read. I have a very tatty copy from 1949 if anyone wants to borrow it......... but i want the fu.cker back.
 
#18
I served with a really nice RTR officer called Chapman, once on a time. Facially he was very similar to the headcase/hardcase pictured in the Mail.

Any offers as to the likelihood of family connections?
 

engr172

Old-Salt
Book Reviewer
#20
I read that in the paper this morning....what a bloke.

Book will be on my xmas list.
 

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