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George Archibald Douglas Spence


  • Title
  • Forenames
    George Archibald Douglas AWMM
  • Surname
    Spence AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    3422 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 February 1901 AWMM FeildingFeilding AWMM
  • Date of birth
    8 February 1901 Public - Mike - Researcher - 10 September 2015 - Birth Records
  • Place of birth
    Feilding, New Zealand Public - Mike - Researcher - 10 September 2015 - Birth Records
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 11 Taketai Street, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs J.M. Spence (wife) 11 Taketai Street, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    3422 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Clerk in Holy Orders/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Rev. G. A. D. Spence, OBE, MC, m.i.d.; born Feilding, 8 Feb 1901; Presbyterian Minister, Wellington; SCF 2 NZEF, Apr 1944-Oct 1945; wounded 17 Jul 1942. (Source: McKinney, J.B. Medical Units of 2 NZEF in Middle East and Italy. p.37.)

    'Padre Spence: Padre G. A. D. Spence followed Padre McKenzie as Senior Chaplain in Italy. He had served with the 20th Battalion in Greece, Crete, Libya, and Egypt, had proved himself one of the most successful and respected unit chaplains, and had won the Military Cross for bravery and devotion to duty in these campaigns. In his new position he found the Chaplains' Department well established and enjoying the very best co-operation from the Army authorities. He was not called upon to pioneer in Departmental organisation but to keep a well-designed machine functioning smoothly, and this he did very well. He visited the Division regularly and also found time to see something of the many scattered outposts in Italy, besides making a short trip to Base Camp at Maadi. His humility and mild appearance belied his conscientious pursuit of duty and his high administrative talents.' (Source: Waters, Sydney D.; Ross, Squadron Leader J. M. S.; Underhill, Rev. M. L.; Winhall, Rev. N. E. Chaplains. p. 41.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
    10 January 1974 Public - Mike - Researcher - 10 September 2015 - Death Records
  • Age at death
    72 Public - Mike - Researcher - 10 September 2015 - Death Records
  • Place of death
    Lower Hutt, New Zealand Public - Mike - Researcher - 10 September 2015 - Death Records
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 170 AWMM
    • Pringle, D., & Glue, W. (1957). 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.10, 41–2, 47–8, 91, 100, 120, 141, 166, 179, 194, 212– 14, 250, 281, 299, 301, 305, 420, 602. AWMM
    • McKinney, J. (1952). Medical units of 2NZEF in Middle East and Italy. Wellington, N.Z.: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.37. AWMM
    • Rev. M. L. Underhill ... [et al.] (1950). New Zealand chaplains in the Second World War. Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      p.41. AWMM


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