|Place of birth||Ipswich, Queensland|
|Age at embarkation||20|
|Next of kin||Father, Edward George Sparks, Lake Street, Cairns, Queensland|
|Previous military service||Served for 2 years in the Citizen Military Forces; previously rejected for enlistment on grounds of insufficient chest measurement|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Cairns, Queensland|
|Rank on enlistment||Sergeant|
|Unit name||15th Battalion, E Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/32/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on
|Regimental number from Nominal Roll||Comissioned|
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Lieutenant|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||15th Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
War service (AN&MEF): Embarked Cairns, 8 August 1914, for garrison duty, Thursday Island (War Station).
Enlisted, 14 August 1914, for serviceoutside Australia; re-embarked Thursday Island, 16 August 1914, on board HT 'Kanowna', to take part in the capture of German New Guinea.
Taken on strength, Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force, vide Routine Order No 1, dated 6 September 1914.
Returned to Townsville, on account of trouble on board ship caused by the firemen; did not participate in the capture of German New Guinea; discharged, 18 September1914.Classified as eligible for the British War Medal.