Tony Spagnoly

We are sad to announce that our favourite guide to the Battlefields, Tony Spagnoly, passed away on Sunday 5th October after a short illness.

Anthony Spagnoly R.I.P.

Anthony Spagnoly R.I.P.

Tony was 81 and had been housebound with his ‘dodgy hip’ for sometime. He accompanied the Pals on many battlefield trips from 1993 to 2005. He was undoubtedly, since the passing of Rose Combes, the greatest knowlege of the old Western Front of 1914-18 and knew the whole area like the back of his hand. Tony served in the Royal Navy during the last war and after, on HMS Belfast. He was an early member of the Western Front Association and a friend to many. He was also the author of several books ‘Salient Points’ on the Battlefieds. He will be sadly missed. God bless you, mate.

5 comments… add one
  • Eric and Steve Page Link

    Just a quick note to record the passing of tony spagnoly, I met him only a few time but always found him very friendly and interesting. His interest in the RFC and Mick Mannock inspired me to read abour the WW1 pilots

    along with the guided walk with the pals and Ted Smith around plug street wood.

    a sad day.

  • Jon – and the rest of the Pals – just found your website. Good to see your memorial to dear old Spag. I posted my thoughts here:

    We are certainly the poorer for his passing.

    Hope to see some of you on the battlefields in 2009.

    Best wishes,


  • Alfred Gaunt Link

    I mistakenly posted my above e-mail address on your web-site recently, and I would appreciate it if you would remove same, thank you, Al Gaunt.

  • Jeff Edwards Link

    A diamond geezer, i travelled with him many times, a great bloke, never forgot his childhood pal Del, who died in WW11.
    R.I.P. Spaggs.

  • Les Hoare Link

    I have recently made 2 trips to Belgium. The first to Ypres fields and Menin Gate. The second to Brussels museum and the Great War exhibition. On the second trip I purchased Salient points 4 and enjoyed so much I have ordered the other books in the series, whilst ordering I came across this sad news and wanted to put down a tribute ” your work has ensured you will be remembered with all the courageous men who fell” RIP

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