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Regimental number3496
Date of birth21 February 1893
Place of birthThursday Island
SchoolDarwin Public School, Northern Territory
ReligionChurch of England
AddressDarwin, Northern Territory
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinWife, Mrs Eva Marion Spain, 56 Judge Street, Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 7 months as a cable guard.
Enlistment date8 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name52nd Battalion 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/69/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 24 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Corps School
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular

On his Attestation Paper, Spain stated that he was not married. This was subsequently changed to show that he was married, nominating as his next of kin his wife, Mrs Eva Miriam Spain, 56 Judd St, Petrie Terrace, Brisbane. This information, together with the details of his marriage in England in 1918, was communicated to the Assistant Adjutant General, 1st Military District, 1 October 1920, 'for any action you may deem necessary'.

FateReturned to Australia 27 March 1920
Discharge date30 June 1920
Family/military connectionsBrother: 6645 Pte Percy [Prudencio Vidal Puerte] SPAIN, 49th Bn, returned to Australia, 5 April 1919; 5079 Corporal Joseph Edwards GREEN, Anzac Provost Corps, discharged, 24 October 1919.
Other details

War service: embarked from Sydney, 24 January 1917; disembarked Devonport, 12 April 1917. Admitted to Sutton Veny Hospital, 9 May 1917 (ingrown toe nail). Marched in to 13th Training Bn, Codford, 29 May 1917. Admitted to Group Hospital, Codford, 11 June 1917 (leg and nails).

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 September 1917. Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 18 October 1917 (gastritis). Transferred to England, 5 November 1917; admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 6 November 1917. Granted furlough, 13 December 1917, to report to No. 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 27 December 1917.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, 7 February 1918. Married Edith EDMONDS, 9 March 1918. Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 27 March 1918; discharged, 1 April 1918. Total treatment for venereal disease: 6 days.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 April 1918. Transferred to 49th Bn, 20 May 1918.

Wounded in action, 10 August 1918 (gun shot wounds, shoulder); admitted to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 12 August 1918; discharged to Base, 22 August 1918. Marched out to Australian Corps School, 6 October 1918. Admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, 11 November 1918 (septic leg); rejoined Bn, 21 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia (accompanied by wife and child) on board HT 'Zealandia', 27 March 1920; disembarked Sydney, 14 May 1920; discharged, 30 June 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death17 December 1966
Age at death73
Place of burialPalmerston Cemetery, Darwin, Northern Territory

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