Topic: AIF - 4B - 12 LHR
Harold Spence wrote this amusing vignette about his time in the Jordan Valley. It was a tough place for the Light Horse with temperatures hovering around 45C daily, mararia breeding in the rivers and Turks attacking on a regular basis. It was the setting for some larconic humour. This item was penned for the August edition of the Ki-ora Coo-ee.
Ki-Ora Coo-Ee, August 1918, p. 15.
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Here are the brief biographical notes on Spence extracted from the ADFA AIF Project.
1107 Pte Harold Spence
Religion Church of England
Occupation Station overseer
Address Cobden, Victoria
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 30
Next of kin Mother, Mrs Elizabeth Spence, Cobden, Victoria
Enlistment date 17 July 1915
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 12th Light Horse Regiment, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number 10/17/2
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 5 October 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll Private
Unit from Nominal Roll 12th Light Horse Regiment
Fate Returned to Australia 23 December 1918
Citation: 1107 Pte Harold Spence