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Edward George SPENCER

Regimental number452
Place of birthDartmoor, Victoria
SchoolDartmoor State School, Victoria
Other trainingCommercial education
OccupationStudent of Theology
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 11.5"
Weight175 lbs
Next of kinFather, F Spencer, Dartmoor, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A16 Star of Victoria on 25 February 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll7579
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 8 June 1918
Place of death or woundingStrazeele, France
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialEbblinghem Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row D, Grave No 17), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frederick and Mary Spencer; Wife: Mrs A.G. Spencer, Donald, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 68659 Pte Victor Carlyle SPENCER, 14th General (Victorian) Reinforcements, ship recalled owing to cessation of hostilities.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to No 2 General Hospital, Mena, 8 April 1915 (bronchitis).

Embarked Alexandria for Gallipoli, 16 May 1915.

Wounded in action, 29 June 1915 (multiple bomb wounds, right arm), admitted same day to New Zealand Field Ambulance, and thence to HS 'Sicilia'; transferred to Lemnos Island, 30 June 1915; to 19th General Hospital, Alexandria, 8 July 1915.

Promoted Corporal, 10 July 1915.

Transferred to England, 25 September 1915, and admitted to Reading War Hospital, 5 October 1915.

Commenced return to Australia from Portland on board HS 'Star of Victoria', 19 January 1916; arrived Melbourne, 29 February 1916; discharged, Melbourne, 24 May 1916.

Re-enlisted, 16 February 1917.

Embarked Melbourne, 21 November 1917, as 7579 Sergeant, 8th Bn, 25th Reinforcements, on board HMAT 'Nestor'; disembarked Suez, 15 December 1917; embarked Alexandria, 18 December 1917; disembarked Taranto, Italy, 23 December 1917; re-embarked Taranto (date not recorded); disembarked Southampton, England, 9 January 1918, and marched into 2nd Training Bn, Sutton Veny.

On Command at Drill School Jellebad Barracks, 24 February 1918.

Admitted to Tidworth Military Hospital, 14 March 1918 (bronchitis); discharged to Training Depot, 23 April 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 April 1918; taken on strength, 8th Bn, in the field, 4 May 1918.

Wounded in action, 7 June 1918 (shell wound, abdomen, perforating; condition listed as 'dangerous'), and admitted to 15th Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of wounds, 8 June 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsHeight and weight also given as 6' 1" and 186 lbs.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SPENCER Edward George

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