Spencer Edward MAXTED


MAXTED, Spencer Edward

Service Numbers: 613, 94
Enlisted: 11 September 1914, Roseberry Park, New South Wales
Last Rank: Captain (Chaplain 4th Class)
Last Unit: Australian Army Chaplains' Department
Born: Glebe, New South Wales, 23 June 1882
Home Town: Marrickville, Marrickville, New South Wales
Schooling: Trinity College, Melbourne & Melbourne University
Occupation: Anglican Padre
Died: Killed In Action, Fromelles, France, 19 July 1916, aged 34 years
Cemetery: Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, Bethune, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Plot 1, Row K, Grave 2
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

11 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 613, Roseberry Park, New South Wales
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 613, 1st Field Ambulance, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 613, 1st Field Ambulance, HMAT Berrima, Melbourne
18 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 613, 1st Field Ambulance, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
1 Jan 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain 4th Class) , Australian Army Chaplains' Department
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain 4th Class) , SN 94, Australian Army Chaplains' Department, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Red Cross report on death

Was blown to bits when helping to bandage some of the wounded at Fleurbaix. He might not have been so good in the pulpit but, my word, he was the gamest man in the 54th.

He just hopped over the trenches with the rest when the charge was on and said 'there are going to be a lot of casualties, and I'll help you all I can'. I told him to loo out and be careful, but he said 'We will all be wanted today. My Word, he said our boys are brave.' He was very clever bandaging, and while he was busy was blown to bits. He was plucky.

The Rev. F. G. Masters, who died in England recently, was rector of All Souls', St. Peters. from 1900 till 1904. He was married there in 1900 to Miss Maude Todd. daughter of Sir Charles Todd. and two of his three daughters- who are now in England were born in the parish. In 1904 he went to Holy Trinity Church. Balaclava. Melbourne, and from there in 1920 to St Luke's. Bath. England. Ten years later lie was appointed to St Mary Abchurch London, a Wren Church, the living being in the gift of his old college. Corpus Christi Cambridge. Mr. Masters did a great work among lay readers of the Diocese of London.

The Rev. S.E. Maxted's Career

The Rev. S.E. Maxted, who was killed while gallantly leading a charge in France, was at one time stipendiary reader in Christ church, Melton, where he finished his first year of Arts. He used to ride a bicycle to the University several times a week and by perseverance gained, in 1906, a scholarship at Trinity College. He was a contemporary there of the present vicar, The Rev. J.H. Allen.

After his graduation he was ordained a deacon and priest, and was assistant curate of Christ Church, St. Kidla. He afterwards went to Sydney, where he obtained the London University degree of Bachelor of Divinity. He was proceeding to take his degree of Doctor of Divinity when the war broke out, and he enlisted as a private in the AIF. After seeing service in Gallipoli he was appointed a military chaplain.

​He leaves a widow and two children.

​Daily Herald Wednesday 23 August 1916 page 3