|Object type||Black & white - Print silver gelatin|
|Date made||c January - May 1916|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Studio portrait of Sydney Augustus Witten and three brothers of the Spencer family from Barraba, ...
Studio portrait of Sydney Augustus Witten and three brothers of the Spencer family from Barraba, NSW. Identified left to right, back row; 568 Private (Pte) Sidney Augustus Witten and 547 Pte Harold Innes Spencer. Front row; 548 Pte William Clifford Spencer and Robert Spencer. Privates Witten, Harold Innes Spencer and William Clifford Spencer enlisted within a few days of each other and embarked together with the 33rd Battalion aboard HMAT Marathon (A74) on 4 May 1916 from Sydney. A grazier, prior to enlistment, Pte Witten was promoted to Lance Corporal (L Cpl) on 4 July 1917. L Cpl Witten died of wounds on 1 April 1918 in France, aged 29 years old. A grazier prior to enlistment, Pte Harold Innes Spencer was promoted to L Cpl on 12 August 1917 and while an acting Sergeant, was awarded the Military Medal (MM) on 4 February 1918. He was promoted to Lieutenant (Lt) on 12 April 1918 and was killed in action in France on 1 October 1918. Lt Spencer was 24 years old. A grazier, prior to enlistment, Pte William Clifford Spencer was promoted to L Cpl on 6 January 1919. He was awarded the MM on 14 May 1919. L Cpl William Clifford Spencer was promoted to Lieutenant on 5 April 1919 and returned to Australia on 10 August 1919.