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Place of birthManchester, England
SchoolBangor Street School, Manchester Technical School, England
Age on arrival in Australia28
ReligionChurch of England
Address'Pomona', Willis Street, South Kensington, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Spears, Castle Hill, Duffield near Derby, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 September 1915
Place of enlistmentCootamundra, New South Wales
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name59th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/76/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 November 1917
Place of death or woundingLe Transloy, Somme sector, France
Date of death27 December 1917
Age at death35
Age at death from cemetery records35
Place of burialAt sea
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frank and Elizabeth SPEARS. Native of Murrumbidgee, New South Wales. Came to Australia in 1910. Plaque in Garden of Remembrance, New South Wales.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Died on board HMAT 'Themistocles' en route to Australia.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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