Nathaniel John SPENCER

SPENCER, Nathaniel John

Service Number: VX22676
Enlisted: 5 June 1940
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/8th Field Company
Born: Alphington, Victoria, Australia, 19 April 1912
Home Town: Caulfield, Glen Eira, Victoria
Schooling: Fairfield State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Quarryman- Driller
Died: Caulfield, Victoria, Australia, 6 June 1981, aged 69 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nathaniel was cremated at Springvale Cemetery and his ashes were spread.
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World War 2 Service

5 Jun 1940: Enlisted Private
27 Aug 1940: Promoted Corporal, 2nd/8th Field Company , Alpha Company
15 Sep 1940: Embarked Corporal, SN VX22676, 2nd/8th Field Company , Alpha Company. Embarked H.M.T Melbourne from Melbourne.
12 Oct 1940: Embarked Corporal, SN VX22676, 2nd/8th Field Company , A Company. Disembarked Palestine.
14 Nov 1940: Transferred Corporal, 1st Australian General Hospital
14 Nov 1940: Wounded Corporal, SN VX22676, 2nd/8th Field Company , A Company. Evacuated to 1 Australian General Hospital (1 A.G.H.) and transferred to x list Gaza Ridge.
1 Dec 1940: Wounded Corporal, SN VX22676, 2nd/8th Field Company , A Company. Discharged 1 A.G.H. transferred to Engineer Regiment.
7 Dec 1940: Transferred Corporal, 2nd/8th Field Company , A Company. Recovered from Illness - Injury taken back on unit strength.
28 Mar 1941: Involvement Corporal, SN VX22676, 2nd/8th Field Company
10 Apr 1941: Embarked Corporal, SN VX22676, 2nd/8th Field Company , Embarkation for Greece. A Company.
6 Jun 1941: Involvement Corporal, SN VX22676, 2nd/8th Field Company , "Operation Lustre" Greece 1941
6 Jun 1941: Imprisoned Reported missing in Crete, believed to be POW.
27 Oct 1941: Imprisoned Officially updated POW. Place of Detention Stalag V11A POW NO. 91932
21 May 1943: Imprisoned Now interned as POW at Stalag 8B
15 Jan 1944: Imprisoned Moved to Stalag VIII / 344 at Lamsdorf together with other POW's usually by way of a long foot march.
13 Mar 1944: Imprisoned Moved yet again to another POW Camp, Stalag 357 at Fallingbostel, Germany.
21 Apr 1945: Imprisoned Recovered From POW Camp at Fallingbostel, Germany. - Allied Forces Overtake POW Camp and Corporal Nathaniel Spencer is free of his captors for the first time since 1941. He is transferred to Western Europe and then to the U.K.
16 May 1945: Embarked Corporal, SN VX22676, 2nd/8th Field Company , Embarked Liverpool England.
17 Jun 1945: Embarked Corporal, SN VX22676, 2nd/8th Field Company , Disembarked in Sydney, Australia on 17 June 1945, marched into General Details Depot (GDD) NSW.
29 Jun 1945: Transferred Corporal, 2nd/8th Field Company , Marched into VIC General Details Depot,(GDD) ex NSW GDD.
16 Jul 1945: Transferred Corporal, 2nd/8th Field Company , Admitted to 107th Convalescent Depot, Ballarat, Victoria.
25 Sep 1945: Transferred Corporal, 2nd/8th Field Company , Marched into General Details Depot (GDD) Heidelberg Victoria.
3 Oct 1945: Discharged Corporal, SN VX22676, 2nd/8th Field Company

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