Service Numbers: 4601, VX54774, V84979
Enlisted: 9 September 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Lines of Communication Signals
Born: Kingston on Thames, England, 27 September 1894
Home Town: Kyabram, Campaspe, Victoria
Schooling: Unknown
Occupation: Labourer / Orchardist
Died: Dysentry whlst a Prisoner of War, Burma, 4 June 1942, aged 47 years
Cemetery: Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

9 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4601, 7th Infantry Battalion
28 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, 4601, 7th Infantry Battalion
28 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, 4601, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
23 Aug 1918: Honoured Military Medal
22 May 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 4601

World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Signalman, VX54774
13 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), V84979, Area Staff
19 May 1941: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), V84979, Area Staff
19 May 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, VX54774
4 Jun 1942: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), VX54774, Lines of Communication Signals

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Gordon SPREADBOROUGH was born in Kingston on Thames, England on 27th September, 1894

His parents were Walter SPREADBOROUGH & Clara BARNETT who married in 1892 (registered in Eastbourne, UK)

His first marriage was to Alice LECOMTE on 7th July 1919 in the Registry Office in Warminster, Wiltshire, UK - Alice died in Echuca, Victoria in 1928 aged 30 years

His second marriage was to Sarah Louisa ADAMS in Victoria in 1929

He served in WW1 & WW2 and died of Illness (Dysentry) whilst a Prisoner of War in Burma on 4th June 1942

He was awarded a Military Medal on 23rd August, 1918 for conspicuous gallantry on the 23rd day of August, 1918 at Herleville Wood

"This soldier is a Headquarters Signaller and during the operation when Battalion Headquarters moved and established themselves in a forward position, this soldier and one other rank on noticing a party of the enemy sniping from the rear, promptly rushed the position and succeeded after a brief fight in capturing five of the enemy, including one Officer and killing the remaining eight.

His prompt action undoubtedly saved casualties among the Headquarters Details" 

Source: Commonwealth Gazette No. 109, 14th September, 1919