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Jack Speight

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Jack AWMM
  • Surname
    Speight AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Sprat Speight AWMM
  • Service number
    438873 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    2 December 1907 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 22 August 1941 AWMM 80 Victoria Road, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr Victor R. Speight, Queen Street, Northcote, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 29 June 1944 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    438873 AWMM
  • Military service
    Territorials (3rd Auckland) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Onehunga AWMM
    • Opaheke AWMM
    • Kaipara Flats AWMM
    • Papakura AWMM
    • Maadi AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 22 August 1941 AWMM
    Age 33 AWMM
    Carpenter/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 5.5 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark Brown AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Auckland Hospital 6.8.42; discharged 5.9.42, classified Grade III, eventually reboarded 28.2.44 Grade I for immediate posting to Middle East. AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Jack Speight was the son of Sydney Rhodes Speight and Ellen Speight, of Auckland, New Zealand.

    He was the youngest of eight children.

    Family note that three brothers served in two world wars - Sidney (57840) and Roy in WW1; in WW2 Jack Speight (438873) who was killed in action.

    Was employed as a builder on Civic Theatre, Auckland.

    Jack was keen on boating, fishing, shooting and rugby. He enjoyed dances, meeting girls and social life in general.

    He had a good sense of humour. Once when out shooting with two of his brothers, one of his brothers pump action Winchester rifle, with no safety catch accidentally discharged. The bullet hit the ground so near Jack's face (he was crawling on the ground) that it sprayed dirt on his face. Among other things he told his brother to get a better rifle and a periscope if he wanted to be able to shoot over the hill.

    24 Battalion, A Company were in the line north of Forli on the banks of the Senio River between two small villages, Claretta and Gessi. On 28 February 1945 Jack was out on patrol with some of his platoon when a trip wire triggered a land mine and he was blown up. Very badly injured, his death 10 days later on 10 March 1945 was the case of great sorrow to his family. Jack Speight - Ever Remembered.

    Jack was actually 37 years old at time of his death, but his grave in Forli shows his age as 35. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    10 March 1945 AWMM
    Age 37 AWMM
    ForliItaly AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Forli War Cemetery, Italy AWMM Plot 6, Row A, Grave 22 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    NZ Herald & Auckland Star 16 March 1943 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Northcote College, 1 Kauri Glen Rd, Northcote, Auckland 0627 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Thank you Jack "Sprat" Speight. We will remember you. Your Grand Niece, Joanne Archer ne Speight, daughter of Victor Ronald Rhodes Speight
    Public - Gwenyth Joanne - Other relative - 6 September 2016



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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.92 AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
20 December 2021Ian Banks Taumarunui New ZealandResearcher
06 September 2016Gwenyth JoanneWaiuku, Auckland, New ZealandOther relative

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