Informal group portrait of three Australian mates standing outside one of the wooden buildings, ...

Accession Number P03138.030
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film copy negative
Maker Spencer, Henry James Bailey
Place made Germany
Date made August 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Informal group portrait of three Australian mates standing outside one of the wooden buildings, about to go out on a work party from the prisoner of war (POW) at Stalag VIIA in Moosburg. Identified right VX22676 Corporal (Cpl) Nathaniel John “Nigger” Spencer, of 2/8th Field Company, of Alphington, Vic. Cpl Spencer enlisted on 5 June 1940 and was captured on Crete, and became a prisoner of war in Stalag VIIA at Moosberg, Germany for the duration of the war. Cpl Spencer was the youngest of five Bailey Spencer brothers who fought in the First and Second World War. His older brother VX1113 Corporal (Cpl) Henry James Bailey Spencer, 2/7th Battalion, also a POW at Stalag VIIA took the portrait. Cpl Henry Spencer’s twin brother had previously enlisted as 5218 Charles Spencer (real name Richard Bailey Spencer) on 2 October 1915 with 14th Battalion. Pte Charles Spencer was killed in action in Belgium on 31 January 1918 aged 19 years.

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