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Malcolm SPENCE

Regimental number4614
Place of birthFootscray, Melbourne, Victoria
True NameSPENCE, John Malcolm
SchoolBunyip State School No.2229, Victoria
OccupationPostal employee
AddressBunyip, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 9"
Weight170 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs H Walker, Bunyip, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date31 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 18 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row B, Grave No 2), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Served as SPENCE, Malcolm, true name John Malcolm SPENCE. Parents: James and Zellah SPENCE. Native of Footscray, Victoria
Family/military connectionsMalcom Spence was one of four brothers who joined the AIF and went abroad.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 18 February 1916; disembarked Ehypt, 22 March 1916.

Transferred to 30th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916, and reverted to rank of Private.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Note on Form B103: 'Identity Disc received from Germany. No particulars were afforded except that Soldier was deceased. May now be reported "KILLED IN ACTION" 20/7/16.'

German report, 2 August 1916: 'austr. Sold. Spence, M. vom 30. Battn ... Nr. 4616. (sic) am 19.7 in Gegend Fromelles gefallen.'

Note on Red Cross File No 2590312: 'Identity disc received from Germany and despatched to N/K. 30.6.17.'

'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Statement, 4428 Pte T.A. ALLINSON, C Company, 30th Bn, 19 January 1917: 'The last seen of him was in the German front line, after he had assisted a badly wounded comrade over to our lines.'

Second statement, 2379 Pte B.J. LAMERTON, 30th Bn (patient St John's Hospital, Etaples), 12 December 1916: 'He was struck by shell on Nomans (sic) Land. Pte. May, 30, C, IX, knows all about it. He told me.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 2), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SPENCE Malcolm
Red Cross File No 2590312

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