William James SPENCER

Regimental number4900
Place of birthCooma, New South Wales
SchoolPublic and Grammar Schools
ReligionChurch of England
AddressFlinders Street, Townsville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMother, Mrs C Bottom, Bradley Street, Cooma, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 28 March 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death31
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialVillers Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row C, Grave No. 8), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in St Paul's Anglican Church, Cooma, New South Wales. Parents: William and Catherine BOTTOM, Bradley Street, Cooma, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1344 Corporal Joseph Charles BOTTOM, 14th Field Artillery Brigade, killed in action, 8 August 1918; 168 Corporal Leslie Francis BOTTOM, 1st Bn, returned to Australia, 24 September 1918.
Other details

Changed surname by deed poll to SPECER from BOTTOM prior to enlisting.

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal