Harold William SPENCER

SPENCER, Harold William

Service Number: 1730
Enlisted: 16 January 1916, Cootamundra, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 56th Infantry Battalion
Born: Gobfield, New South Wales, 15 July 1884
Home Town: Narrandera, Narrandera, New South Wales
Schooling: Home Schooled
Occupation: Orchardist
Died: Died of wounds, Ypres, Belgium, 19 September 1917, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Menin Road South Military Cemetery
Plot 1, Row U, Grave 6., Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Narrandera WW1 War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

16 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1730, Cootamundra, New South Wales
14 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1730, 56th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
14 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1730, 56th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
19 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1730, 56th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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"NARANDERA CASUALTIES. Private Harold Spencer.

The Rev. Canon Rawling on Wednesday last received a telegram from the Defence Department stating that Private Harold Spencer had died of wounds in France on 19th September, and he discreetly conveyed the sad news to the parents of the deceased soldier. Private Spencer was the youngest son of Mr. P. J. Spencer, orchardist, Narandera, and was 29 years of age. Some months ago he was wounded in action, but after being off duty for some time, returned to the firing line in July. He enlisted on 4th January, 1916, and was attached to the 56th battalion. The deceased was unmarried and was a member of the M.C.I.O.O.F. Much sympathy is expressed for his relatives." - from the Narandera Argus and Riverina Advertiser 28 Sep 1917 (nla.gov.au)