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Soldier profiles

Name : SPAIN, EDMUND DAVID
Service Number : VX33001
Date of Birth : 10/06/1919
Place of Birth : PORT MELBOURNE, VIC
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : LABOURER
Date of Enlistment : 19/06/1940
Locality on Enlistment : GARDEN CITY, VIC
Place of Enlistment : ROYAL PARK, VIC
Next of Kin : MCCORMICK, M
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : PRIVATE
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) :
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA
Actions :
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 17/06/1941
Age at Death : 22
Community Roll of Honour : PORT MELBOURNE (VIC)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, EGYPT. COLUMN 234 (SYRIA /LEBANON). / AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL COMMEMORATIVE AREA PANEL 73
K.I.A. (date / details) : 17/06/1941 / FORT MERDJAYOUN (SYRIA)
D.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
M.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Died P.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. Camps (details) : N/A
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : N/A
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial Death Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6221240 [DIGITISED], Barcode 21515175 [OPEN]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial

Background : Son of George T. H. and Ethel L. M. Spain, of Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Brother of Martha Louisa Mary McCormick. Certificate of Death no. 1543 dated 14/01/1943 issued by Army.

Service & personal summary brown eyes, brown hair. Marital status : single. Marks / scars : scar over left eye. 20/10/1940 Involved in civilian brawl near corner of Dorcas St and Montague St South Melbourne, Victoria with gunners Miley and Nuttall (report in NAOA digitised records). Certificate of death 1543.

Service record
19/06/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
24/06/1940 Transferred to 3 Training Brigade Geelong, Victoria from Recruit Reception Depot.
31/07/1940 Evacuated to Queenscliff Hospital and transferred to X list.
06/08/1940 Rejoined unit from Queenscliff Hospital.
18/09/1940 Transferred to Australian Army Training Regiment Williamstown, Victoria.
18/09/1940 Transferred from 3 & 4 Training Brigade Geelong, Victoria to Australian Army Training Regiment Williamstown, Victoria.
23/10/1940 Sick report with abrasions. Admitted to Camp Dressing Station.
02/12/1940 Posted to 4 Anti Tank Regiment from Australian Army Training Regiment.
02/12/1940 Posted to 4 Anti Tank Regiment.
10/01/1941 Transferred from 4 Anti Tank Regiment to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
10/01/1941 Transferred to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria from 4 Anti Tank Regiment Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria .
08/04/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.S. Queen Mary (H.M.T. N.N.).
03/05/1941 Disembarked Middle East.
06/05/1941 Evacuated to 1 Australian General Hospital with bilateral otitis media and transferred to X list.
25/05/1941 Discharged 1 Australian General Hospital and rejoined unit.
25/05/1941 Rejoined unit from 1 Australian General Hospital and struck off X list.
17/06/1941 Reported missing in action and transferred to X list.
20/06/1941 Reported missing in action 17/06/1941 A.F.W. 3011 casualty form received from unit.
03/10/1941 Previously reported missing in action now reported missing in action believed killed in action.
01/10/1941 Previously reported missing in action now reported missing in action believed killed in action. Authority received on memo from unit 23/09/1941. Previous casualty list reference no. 157.
06/01/1943 Now reported killed in action.
01/04/1943 Refer daily casualty list no. 574 for killed in action 27/06/1941. Read killed in action 17/06/1941.