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Arthur Keith Spilman

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arthur Keith AWMM
  • Surname
    Spilman AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    8004 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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    7 August 1912 AWMM StratfordTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 53 High Street, Greymouth, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs F.N. Spilman, 53 High Street, Greymouth, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    8004 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    30 December 1941 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Spilman, Arthur Keith. (Ref. WO 373/27/497). Military Medal. "At Lava during the period 14-18 April 1941 this soldier together with L/Cpl Scott showed fine courage with total disregard to their own personal safety by keeping telephone communication between Brigade HQ and the 18 NZ Battalion. For three days these two soldiers went out by day and night to repair the line under heavy artillery fire, machine gunning and bombing attacks. It was through their efforts that the line communication was maintained with the above mentioned Battalion." p. 287 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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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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  • Captain A. K. Spilman, MM; Marton; born Stratford, 7 Aug 1912; stock inspector; QM 20 Regt, Apr 1944–May 1945; wounded 24 Nov 1941. (Source: Glue, W.A. & Pringle, D.J.C. 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. p.56.)

    'Throughout the period at Servia members of the signal platoon maintained battalion communications most effectively. For three days and nights Privates Spilman and Scott repaired lines between Brigade Headquarters and 18 Battalion under shellfire and during air raids. Both men were awarded the Military Medal. Captain A.K. Spilman, MM; Marton; born Stratford, 7 Aug 1912; stock inspector; QM 20 Regt, Apr 1944–May 1945; wounded 24 Nov 1941.; To Greece - Conditions were no easier for the signallers. Lines were always being broken but, strafing or no strafing, they had to maintain them, particularly in the 19 Battalion sector at the crest of the pass. For such hazardous work Lance-Corporal Scott and Private Spilman from 20 Battalion and Private Porter from 19 Battalion were awarded the Military Medal. Captain A. K. Spilman, MM; Marton; born Stratford, 7 Aug 1912; stock inspector; QM 20 Regt, Apr 1944–May 1945; wounded 24 Nov 1941.' (Source: Glue, W.A. & Pringle, D.J.C. 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. p. 56.; McClymont, W.G. To Greece. p. 279.) AWMM
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Death

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Sources

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    • 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 171 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 13 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1944 to 31st March, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Ww2 13: WW2 117 AWMM
    • Pringle, D., & Glue, W. (1957). 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.56. AWMM
    • McClymont, W. (1959). To Greece. Wellington, N.Z.: Department Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.279. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. and Pomeroy, M.J. (2016). Gallant Acts and Noble Deeds: New Zealand army honours and awards for the Second World War. Auckland, N.Z.: Fair Dinkum Publications.; P.J. Beattie and M.J. Pomeroy, 2016. AWMM
      p. 287 AWMM

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