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Clifton William SPENCER

Regimental number12672
Place of birthDarlington South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationWheelwright
AddressSturt, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinWife, Mrs S M Spencer, Jackson Street, Eagle Junction, Queensland
Enlistment date26 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Field Ambulance
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/54/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 31 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 20 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Private SPENCER was the leader of a squad of stretcher bearers attached to the 44th Battalion in the attack upon the "Hindenburg Line" East of RONSSOY on Sunday September, 29th, 1918. Spencer advanced with the troops in their attack up the valley towards the line and from the Regimental Aid Post and later he with his men carried on the evacuation of the wounded, working consistently for forty-eight hours during which time he was exposed to considerable hostile shell fire and especially severe machine gun fire in the vicinity of BONY. By his leadership and disregard of danger he set a magnificent example to his men and assisted greatly in the speedy evacuation of the wounded. On one occasion, whilst carrying a patient a shell burst under his squad covering the patient and squad with mud and partially stunning the bearers. Despite this, the squad under Private SPENCER'S leadership carried on until the R.A.P. was cleared.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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