Regimental number6645
Date of birth28 April 1897
Place of birthPort Darwin, South Australia
True NameSPAIN, Prudencio Vidal Puerte
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFitter and turner
AddressFremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6"
Weight125 lbs
Next of kinFather, Alfred Spain, Port Darwin, Northern Territory
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 December 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 29 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919
Discharge date4 July 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 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.
Other details

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 Medal

A serial fraudster, he at various times claimed to have been awarded the Victoria Cross, the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal.
Date of death27 September 1919
Age at death22
Place of burialKarrakatta Cemetery, Perth, Western Australia
SourcesNAA: 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.