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Spence, Frank Thomas (4297)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 29 years 6 months

Enlistment Details: Tuesday, 31 August 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 4297 view online service record

13 Carroll Street
North Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
J R Judd (sister)
13 Carroll Street
North Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Sunday, 19 December 1915
Ship: HMAT Demosthenes A64
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion – 13th Reinforcements

RTA: Saturday, 17 March 1917
Discharged: Wednesday, 13 June 1917

Private, 7 Infantry, died of disease 9 August, 1924, aged 38, commemorated ?

4297  (Parents: John and Emily SPENCE (both late), sister Mrs Mabel JUDD, brother 3933, Henry William SPENCE killed in action 25 July, 1916. Born Port Melbourne, educated SS. Perhaps a marginal inclusion – the archives for his brother reveal Frank’s address in 1923 when medals were being distributed as the Sanatorium at Mont Park (16 Australian General Hospital).  He was shown as a 29-year-old broom maker, like Henry with his sister in North Melbourne as next of kin.  Spence was returned and discharged in May, 1917 with phthisis (a form of tuberculosis) He died 9 August, 1924, causes unknown but almost certainly a result of his war-time condition)

Additional Research by Brian Membrey

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