- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Personal symbol
- Department Arms and Technology
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1918/01/31
- Latest 1920/12/31
- Inscription (obverse/avers): HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR CHARLES EDWARD SPENCE; E.C.P. ; 30 (reverse/verso): W
- Materials Bronze
- Service Component Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Unit 25th Canadian Infantry Battalion
- Person / Institution Subject, Spence, Private Charles Edward
- Measurements Thickness 0.5 cm, Outside Diameter 12.0 cm
- Caption Medals Project- Spence, Charles Edward
Charles Edward Spence was born in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, United States, on 29 June 1898.
Spence enlisted in the 193rd Battalion at Aldershot Camp, Nova Scotia, on 6 June 1916. He was later transferred to the 25th Battalion.
On 6 November 1917, Spence was reported missing during the Battle of Passchendaele. At the time, the 25th Battalion was serving in the support and front lines. Over the course of its three-day mission (6 to 8 November inclusive), it experienced intermittent bouts of heavy shelling with both conventional and chemical shells. By the time it was relieved, on the night of 8 November, 17 of its men had been killed, 67 were wounded, and 6 (including Spence) were missing.
On 7 August 1918, Canadian military authorities declared that, for all official purposes, Spence, who was still missing, was presumed to have died on or after 6 November 1917.
Charles Edward Spence is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, in Ypres, Belgium.