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Ralph Norman SPENDLOVE

Regimental number2681
Other NamesSpendlove, RN
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAlma Street, Ashfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, B Spendlove, Alma Street, Ashfield, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1918
Date of death25 January 1921
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis (Portion Church of England, Section 3 Row 1956), New South Wales
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
SPELT SPENDELOVE. Plaque in Garden of Remembrance, New South Wales.

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Bar to Military Medal

During the advance of his Company at STRAZEELE on the night 16th/17th April, 1918, two of the Company Lewis Guns were knocked out. Sergeant SPENDELOVE personally took the Company Headquarters Lewis Gun and replaced one of these. The other he assembled and got into action under intense shell fire. When all the Company Officers had become casualties he repeatedly visited all the posts and helped to reorganise the different platoons. Later when severely wounded he refused to be carried away until all other cases had been cleared away. His courage and devotion to duty throughout the operation set a splendid example to all about him. Wounded left thigh, serious.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 191
Date: 12 December 1918

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