Grandpa Spells' Military Details


John Birmingham SPELLS
Regimental number 508
Religion Roman Catholic
Occupation Agent
Address Burra Street, Port Wakefield, South Australia
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 21
Next of kin Mother, Mrs. Capt. Spells, Burra Street, Port Watkefield, South Australia
Enlistment date 10 September 1914
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 3rd Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number 10/8/1
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal Roll Private
Unit from Nominal Roll 1st Light Horse Regiment
Fate Returned to Australia 3 September 1915


Here are the details of my maternal grandfather, John Bermingham SPELLS and his military career in the Australian Army during WWI. His unit, the 3rd Light Horse (mounted infantry) landed at Gallipoli, Turkey, where his eyesight was damaged and he had to return to Australia. I have framed a program from a concert he attended in Cairo, before they moved on to Gallipoli.

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