Alexander SPENCE DSO

SPENCE, Alexander

Service Numbers: Q185252, QX6455
Enlisted: 19 August 1939, Moiwera, Whitsunday Region, Qld, Australia
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 2nd/9th Cavalry (Commando) Regiment
Born: Bundaberg, Qld, Australia, 5 February 1906
Home Town: Bowen, Whitsunday, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Reporter / Journalist
Died: Brisbane, Qld, Australia, 10 July 1983, aged 77 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Mount Gravatt Cemetery & Crematorium
Grave Location: L11-594, Lawn 11/Grave 594; buried with others. Also his (DVA) Official Commemoration - Memorial Location: Wall 42/Row C; AT the Queensland Garden of Remembrance (within Pinnaroo Lawn Cemetery) Graham Rd - Bridgeman Downs, Qld, Australia.
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Non Warlike Service

19 Aug 1939: Involvement Australian Army, Lieutenant, SN Q185252, 2nd/3rd Infantry Battalion
19 Aug 1939: Enlisted Australian Army, Lieutenant, SN Q185252, 2nd/3rd Infantry Battalion, Moiwera, Whitsunday Region, Qld, Australia
24 Jun 1940: Discharged Australian Army, Captain, SN Q185252, 2nd/3rd Infantry Battalion, Reference: (NAA, Pg's, 27, 48).

World War 2 Service

25 Jun 1940: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Captain, SN QX6455, 2nd/26th Infantry Battalion
25 Jun 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Captain, SN QX6455, 2nd/26th Infantry Battalion, Moiwera, Whitsunday Region, Qld, Australia; (NAA, Pg-9).
25 Nov 1940: Promoted 2nd AIF WW 2, Captain, 2nd/26th Infantry Battalion, Reference: (NAA, Pg-9).
13 May 1941: Transferred 2nd AIF WW 2, Captain, 1st Independent Company, Reference: (NAA, Pg-10).
5 Jul 1941: Promoted 2nd AIF WW 2, Major, 1st Independent Company, Reference: (NAA, Pg-23).
3 Oct 1941: Transferred 2nd AIF WW 2, Major, 2nd/2nd Independent Company, Reference: (NAA, Pg-10).
20 Nov 1942: Promoted 2nd AIF WW 2, Lieutenant Colonel, 2nd/2nd Independent Company, Reference: (NAA, Pg-11).
1 Apr 1943: Transferred 2nd AIF WW 2, Lieutenant Colonel, 2nd/3rd Independent Company, Reference: (NAA, Pg-21).
17 Apr 1943: Transferred 2nd AIF WW 2, Lieutenant Colonel, 2nd Commando Regiment, Reference: (NAA, Pg-21).
3 Jun 1943: Honoured Companion of the Distinguished Service Order, AWM - Honours & Awards (Recommendation) - as per stated: Marked Leadership & courage, March /to May 1942, at Dilli, Timor-Leste.
20 Apr 1944: Transferred 2nd AIF WW 2, Lieutenant Colonel, 2nd/9th Cavalry (Commando) Regiment, Reference: (NAA, Pg-22).
15 Feb 1945: Promoted 2nd AIF WW 2, Major, 2nd/9th Cavalry (Commando) Regiment, Reference - as per stated: 15/02/1945, substitute "Major"; (NAA, Pg-22).
28 Feb 1945: Discharged 2nd AIF WW 2, Major, SN QX6455, 2nd/9th Cavalry (Commando) Regiment, Discharge - as per stated: 28/02/1945, (app.) appointment terminated, 2/9th Cav-Com-Regiment [2nd/9th Cavalry Commando Regiment]; (NAA, Pg-22).

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Biography contributed by Daniel Bishop

Son of Robert John SPENCE & Louisa Margaretha Marie (nee-KOOB) SPENCE.

Next of Kin - Wife:  Dorothy Emily (nee-CAINE) SPENCE.