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Regimental number444
Place of birthDiss, Norfolk, England
SchoolLondon County Council School, England
Age on arrival in Australia23
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 11.5"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, W Tibbenham,12 Thurso Street, Tooting, London SW, England
Previous military serviceServed in the Territorial Force, England; left to migrate.
Enlistment date21 September 1914
Place of enlistmentRosehill, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 30 May 1917
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialBailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row B, Grave No. 185), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Louie TIBBENHAM, 12 Thurso Street, Tooting, London, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 23 May 1915 (gun shot wound, forearm); transferred by HS 'Dunluce Castle' to Egypt, and admitted to No 1 General Hospital, Heliopolis, 31 May 1915; transferred to Helouan Convalescent Camp, 24 June 1915; discharged to Base Details, Zeitoun, 1 July 1915.

Rejoined Bn, Tel el Kebir, 4 March 1916.

Transferred to 45th Bn, and taken on strength, 10 March 1916.

Transferred to Lewis Gun Section, Roadhead, 2 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916.

Appointed Temporary Corporal, 19 August 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 7 November 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, 6 April 1917.

Admitted to 13th Field Ambulance, 11 May 1917 (trench fever); rejoined Bn, in the field, 16 May 1917.

Wounded in action, 29 May 1917 (gun shot wounds, hip, shoulder, abdomen), and admitted to 7th Field Ambulance and transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of wounds, 30 May 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, TIBBENHAM Spencer

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