|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Port Darwin, South Australia|
|True Name||SPAIN, Prudencio Vidal Puerte|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Occupation||Fitter and turner|
|Address||Fremantle, Western Australia|
|Age at embarkation||21|
|Next of kin||Father, Alfred Spain, Port Darwin, Northern Territory|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Perth, Western Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||28th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/45/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||49th Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
|Family/military connections||Brother: 3496 Pte Felix SPAIN, Australian Corps School, returned to Australia, 27 March 1920; Brother-in-law: 5079 Corporal Joseph Edward GREEN, Anzac Provost Corps, discharged, 24 October 1919.|
War service: embarked from Fremantle, 29 January 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 27 March 1917. Transferred to 52nd Bn, 13 June 1917.
Proceeded overseas to France, 2 July 1917; taken on strength, 52nd Bn, 22 July 1917. Transferred to 51st Bn, 7 August 1917.
Admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 11 September 1917 (cut head, accident); transferred to England, 15 October 1917; admitted to War Hospital, Lakinham, 16 October 1917 (trench fever). Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 26 November 1917. Granted furlough, 27 November 1917, to report to No. 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 11 December 1917.
Convicted in civil court, 20 September 1918, of obtaining good by false pretences: fined 2 pounds and awarded forfeiture of 4 days' pay.
Marched in to No. 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 20 September 1918. Found guilty of being absent without leave, 11-17 September 1918: awarded 6 days' Field Punishment No. 2 and forfeiture of 13 days' pay.
Found guilty by Court Martial, Fovant, 10 October 1918 of (1) being absent without leave at Hurdcott, 26 June-1 July 1918; (2) of improperly wearing 3 chevron ribbons in Norwich, 1 July 1918; (3) improperly wearing a WO II badge at Fovant, 24 September 1918. Awarded 1 day's detention and forfeiture of 31 days' pay.
Tried by District Court Martial, Longbridge Deverill, 17 December 1918 of (1) being absent without leave, 6-19 November 1918, and (2) conduct prejudicial ... by masquerading as an officer: found guilty on charge (2): awarded 90 days' detention.
Discharged from Lewes Detention Barracks, 14 March 1919.
Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Armagh', 5 April 1919. Disembarked Durban, South Africa; failed to return to his ship. Found guilty of being absent without leave; returned to Australia under detention on HT 'Commonwealth', 10 May 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 30 May 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Perth, 4 July 1919.
Died suddenly while attending a theatre performance.
Medals: British War Medal, Victory MedalA serial fraudster, he at various times claimed to have been awarded the Victoria Cross, the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal.
|Date of death|
|Age at death||22|
|Place of burial||Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth, Western Australia|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, SPAIN Percy
Paul Rosenzweig, 'Lieutenant Percy Boyle VC DCM MM: the war service record of Prudencia Spain', Sabretache LX: 2 (June 2019), 4-21.