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Hercules Spence

Headstone, Whareora Cemetery - No known copyright restrictions

Headstone, Whareora Cemetery - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Hercules AWMM
  • Surname
    Spence AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 43526 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs C. Spence (mother), Devron Street, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 43526 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
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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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Biographical information

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  • Son of James Mears & Christina Spence of Devron Street, Whangarei, Northland.

    Spence's brother, Sgt James MacKenzie Spence (12/218), also served in WWI. He was killed at Gallipoli. See his separate service record for more details.

    The CWGC site gives his birthplace as "Parakaki". AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    17 July 1919 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
    25 Public - Sandra - Researcher - 21 November 2018 - Paperspast Online
  • Place of death
    Auckland Public - Sandra - Researcher - 21 November 2018 - Paperspast Online
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Whareora Cemetery, Whangarei, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    • The sudden death of Constable Hercules Spence at the police station on Thursday was the subject of an inquest held by the coroner, Mr. J. E. Wilson, S.M., yesterday. Constable C. C. Christiansen stated that at about 12.55 p.m. on Thursday he relieved Constable Spence on point duty at the Customs Street intersection of Queen Street. Just as Spence was leaving, witness noticed a crowd at the door of the Thames Hotel, and saw a man beckoning to them to go over. Spence and witness went to the hotel. There was a crowd in the passage, and Spence went to the assistance of Constable Forsythe, who had arrested a man. Forsythe led the prisoner out, and Spence and witness followed. Witness then heard a man using obscene language, and arrested him. He led him over to a taxi, and after seeing that Spence was capable of managing him, witness returned to his duty. The arrested man was then sitting next to Spence in the taxi, perfectly quiet. T. D. Worden, taxi-driver, said that the arrested man was quiet on the way to the police station, but as he got out of the car he hesitated. Constable Spence caught him from the back, and party carried him into the station. Constable Forsythe took the prisoner from Spence at the inner door of the watchhouse. When Spence turned round after being relieved, witness, noticed that he seemed to be exhausted. Witness went into the watchhouse, and on coming out saw Spence lying in the passage, with Sergeant Brown attending to him. Public - Sandra - Researcher - 21 November 2018 - Paperspast Online
    • Sergeant P. J. Brown stated that as Constable Spence left the watchhouse. He took a few steps and fell, striking his face on the floor. He did not speak, and died in a few minutes. Dr. Aitken was immediately summoned, and found that life was extinct. Constable F. Forsythe deposed that after placing the prisoner in the watchhouse, he heard a thud outside, and found Sergeant Brown attending to Constable Spence, who was lying on the floor. The deceased was about 25 years old, and resided in the police barracks. His relatives lived at Whangarei. Dr. H. F. Holmden who made a post-mortem, stated that the immediate cause of death was sudden dilatation of the right side of the heart, caused by sudden exertion, plus excitement, imposed on the heart, which was affected by fatty infiltration. The coroner returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence. (NZ Herald, 19 JUL 1919) Public - Sandra - Researcher - 21 November 2018 - Paperspast Online
    • SPENCE - On 17th inst, at Auckland (suddenly), Hercules, youngest son of the late J. M. Spence and Mrs Spence, of Deveron Street, Whangarei, aged 25 years. The first part of the funeral service will be held at Christ Church to-morrow, Saturday, at 9 a.m., after which the cortege will leave for Whareora cemetery. (Northern Advocate, 18 Jul 1919) Public - Sandra - Researcher - 21 November 2018 - Paperspast Online
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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