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Victor Manson Spencer

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Bluff War Memorial, panel died on active service (Photo Clare-Ann Fortune 2004) - Image has All Rights Reserved
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Victor Manson AWMM
  • Surname
    Spencer AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    8/2733 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1894 AWMM OtautauSouthland AWMM
    Otautau, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre Apr 1915 AWMM Bluff, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Goomes (aunt), Henderson Street, Bluff, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 August 1915 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    8/2733 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Apr 1915 AWMM
    Age 18 AWMM
    Engineer AWMM
    OtagoNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Court Martialled, Executed, Pardoned, Cause of Death AWMM
    Executed AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Spencer arrived in Suez in September of 1915 and by April 1916 was transferred to France.

    Victor Spencer was one of 28 New Zealand servicemen who were court-martialled and sentenced to death during the First World War.

    Spencer is one of five New Zealand soldiers who were executed during the First World War for mutiny and desertion and pardoned by Parliament in 2000.

    The Auckland Museum Library's manuscripts collection holds a war diary containing an entry relating to Spencer's execution. [Ref. MS 2007/27]

    A Private Member's Bill was put before the New Zealand Parliament in September 1998 by the MP for Invercargill, Mark Peck, to pardon the soldiers executed. This became the Pardon for Soldiers of the Great War Act 2000 which pardoned the five soldiers. The purpose of the act was 'to remove so far as practicable, the dishonour that the execution of those five soldiers brought to those soldiers and their families. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    24 February 1918 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    The Huts Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM XV.B. 10 AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Bluff War Memorial AWMM

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  • lIKE ALL THE OTHER NEW ZEALANDERS EXECUTED IN THE GREAT WAR SPENCER WAS EXECUTED ON THE RECOMENDATION OF NEW ZEALAND OFFICERS WITH NO CONSIDERATION OF THE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS SUCH AS SHELL SHOCK OR ALCHOLISM TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT PEOPLE THINK IT WAS THE BRITISH ARMY WHO CAUSED THIS SAD ACT TO HAPPEN BUT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF BRAITHWAITE THIS WAS NOT THE CASE, IT IS TIME THE TRUTH WAS MADE PUBLIC.
    Public - ross - 28 February 2018
  • You deserved better from your country. Good fortune boy, you are not forgotten.
    Public - kevin - 25 October 2016
  • E kore koe e koroheketia...
    Public - Moko - Researcher - 16 February 2015

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