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Spain, Leslie Thomas (18461)

Place of Birth: Melbourne, VIC

Age: 30 years

Enlistment Details: Monday, 3 September 1917 – Port Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 18461            view online service record

258 Esplanade East
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Clara Jessie Spain (wife)
258 Esplanade East
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Tuesday, 20 November 1917
Ship: HMAT Nestor A71
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: Army Medical Corps – July 1917 Reinforcements

RTA: Wednesday, 18 December 1918
Discharged: Thursday, 20 February 1919

Brother-in-Law: Charles Burrows

Leslie originally signed up on 19 February 1916 but was rejected due to defective eyesight. He then signed up for home service on 22 August 1916. He was discharged from home service early in 1917 and subsequently successfully enlisted in the AIF.

L Spain was listed on the Swimming Club Roll of Honour, 25 November 1916.

1916 ‘ROLL OF HONOR.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 25 November, p. 2. , viewed 04 Nov 2016,


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted December 18, 2016 7.49 pm 0Likes

    Leslie Thomas SPAIN was a brother-in-law of Charles BURROWS, 33034, Bombardier, D Battery 123rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery, British Army who died of wounds in France, 5 June, 1917 and who is included on the AWM Commemorative Roll of Australians killed while serving with Allied forces. Elizabeth Frances SPAIN (born Port Melbourne) married Burrows in 1913, one child Charles John (“little Jackie” below born Port Melbourne, 1914. Little is known of Charles Burrows – he may have been a British Reservist, a group who originally enlisted in the British Army for a 12-year period, but who were released back to civilian life ahead of time on the condition that they return to their units should England find itself in a case of serious conflict. About 200 of these men entered Victorian Barracks on 6 August, 1914, some eight or nine days before general recruiting commence and sailed with the “First Fleet”: on 10 October to re-join their British regiments.

    BURROWS — Killed in action in France, 6th June, Bdr. Charles, the dearly beloved husband of Elizabeth (nee Lizzie Spain), and darling daddy of little Jackie, late of 341 Princes-st., Port Melbourne, and now 89 Beaconsfield-parade, Croxton, after 2 years and 11 months’ active service. Sadly missed. Inserted by his broken-hearted wife, Lizzie, and son Jackie.

  • Kate Loe (Atkinson)
    Posted February 15, 2017 8.53 am 0Likes

    Interested to read the above. Charlie Burrows was my great uncle on my fathers side. My grand mother was Edith Burrows ( married and became Atkinson), sister to Charlie. In June we will go and visit Charlie’s memorial which made me think that it would be special to make contact with any surviving relatives of Charles John. We may be his only English blood relatives.

    • David Thompson
      Posted February 18, 2017 5.41 pm 0Likes

      Thanks for the comment Kate. I hope you find some Burrows relatives.

    • Helen Bink
      Posted January 14, 2020 9.48 pm 0Likes

      Hi Kate Loe. My grandfather was Charles John (Jack) Burrows ( also known as Ferrari) – Elizabeth Spain went onto marry Peter Ferrari in later years. My mother was born Patricia Mary Burrows (known as ferrari). Thanks Helen Bink

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