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Private Arthur Spence

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Arthur Robert Spence

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1877

Ancestor's date of death: 16/10/1955

Cause of Death: age related

Service and Life Before the Boer War: He was a tinsmith when he joined up living in Surry Hills

Service Number: 386

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Sydney

Unit: New South Wales Army Medical Corps

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 01/01/1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service.

Murray Page: 24

Contingent: Second New South Wales

Ship: SS Moravian, Date of Sailing: 17/01/1900

Ship: SS Britannic, Date of Sailing: 14/08/1901

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Wittenbergen, Cape Colony, South Africa 1901 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: February - December 1900 in Cape Colony, Free State and Transvaal. He returned to South Africa as an indulgence passenger on the SS Britannic in August 1901 but it is not known where he served on his second tour

Service and life after the Boer War: No details provided. Presumably he returned to Surry Hills and tinkered. Must have married and had children, his granddaughter came from somewhere.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Diana Fetz, Berowra Heights NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Daughter


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