Biography

Birth date: 9 July 1892
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: First World War, 1914-1918
VX14840 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 6th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment
  • 2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Bar to Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 6th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

020112

TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-03 TO 1941-06. OFFICERS OF THE 2/24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION, OUTSIDE A SECTION OF THE BATTALION HEADQUARTERS. SHOWN ARE:- VX48175 CAPTAIN J.T. BROCK, ADJUTANT 2/24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION (LEFT); CAPTAIN E.P. TIVEY, HEADQUARTERS, 26TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE...

020112

021014

TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-09-30. HEAD STUDY OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL A. SPOWERS, COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 2/24TH INFANTRY BATTALION.

021014

021013

TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-09-30. BRIGADIER RAYMOND W. TOVELL (LEFT) CHATTING WITH LIEUTENANT COLONEL A. SPOWERS, COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 2/24TH INFANTRY BATTALION.

021013

020754

TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-09-08. HEADQUARTERS GROUP OF THE 26TH INFANTRY BRIGADE. LEFT TO RIGHT: FRONT ROW: CAPTAIN P. GEBHARDT, CAPTAIN R. CROMIE (OFFICER IN CHARGE 26TH ANTI-TANK COMPANY), MAJOR R.L. BATTEN (ACTING COMMANDING OFFICER 2/48TH INFANTRY BATTALION), LIEUTENANT COLONEL B. EVANS (COMMANDING...

020754

020755

TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-09-08. A GROUP OF OFFICERS FROM THE 26TH INFANTRY BRIGADE DISCUSSING A PLAN. FROM THE LEFT:- CAPTAIN R. CROMIE, MAJOR R.L. BATTEN, LIEUTENANT COLONEL B. EVANS (CO 2/23 AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION), LIEUTENANT COLONEL A. SPOWERS, MAJOR F.W. SPEED, BRIGADIER TOVELL, CAPTAIN J.G....

020755

023187

PALESTINE. 1942-01-12. GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY AND PARTY INSPECTING MEN OF THE 2/24TH INFANTRY BATTALION. LIEUTENANT COLONEL A. SPOWERS DSO, MC, COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE BATTALION IS ON THE GENERAL RIGHT.

023187

024157

TRIPOLI, SYRIA. 1942-05-01. OPERATIONS GROUP OF THE 2/24TH INFANTRY BATTALION HAVING A CONFERENCE BEFORE THE ATTACK DURING THE 26TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE MANOEUVRES. LIEUTENANT COLONEL A. SPOWERS, WITHOUT HAT, IS THE OFFICER IN CHARGE.

024157

021012

TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-09-30. LIEUTENANT-COLONEL A. SPOWERS, COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 2/24TH INFANTRY BATTALION WITH HIS COMPANY COMMANDERS. FROM THE LEFT: LIEUTENANT R. P. SERLE, CAPTAIN H. W. SNELL, MAJOR C. G. WEIR, MAJOR J. LOUGHREY, LIEUTENANT COLONEL A. SPOWERS, MAJOR W. F. R. BUDGE, CAPTAIN K....

021012

021010

TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-09-30. OFFICERS OF THE 2/24TH INFANTRY BATTALION, 9TH DIVISION. FROM THE LEFT: FRONT ROW LIEUTENANTS G. E. DENNYS, F. J. MCINTOSH, F. B. GEALE, D. B. SINGLETON. CENTRE ROW: CAPTAIN H. W. SNELL, CAPTAIN R. T. C. DICKENSON, MAJOR C. G. WEIR, MAJOR J. LOUGHREY, LIEUTENANT COLONEL...

021010

126357

MELBOURNE, VIC. 1946-03-13. COLONEL A. SPOWERS DSO MC, AT HIS DESK AT VICTORIA BARRACKS.

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P00237.002

BONEGILLA, VICTORIA, 1940. LIEUTENANT COLONEL SPOWERS, COMMANDING OFFICER OF 2/24 BATTALION (WITH PIPE) TALKS WITH OTHER PERSONNEL AT THE UNIT SPORTS DAY.

P00237.002

Timeline

Date of birth 1892-07-09 Melbourne, VIC.
Date of birth 1892-07-09
Date and unit at enlinstment (ORs) 1912
Other units 1915-04 3rd Battalion, East Lancs Regiment.
Other 1915-11 Evacuated to Malta
Date promoted 1917 Lieutenant.
Other units 1928-10-03 Captain 52nd Battalion.
Other units 1928-10-03 - 1933-10-02 Staff captain 15th Brigade.
Other units 1930-07-01 37/52nd Battalion.
Other 1933-10-03 Reserve of Officers.
Other units 1939-09-29 46th Battalion.
Other units 1939-09-29 - 1940-01-04 Staff captain Headquarters 3rd Division.
Other units 1940-01-05 - 1940-05-05 Commanding officer 24/39th Battalion.
Date promoted 1940-05-06 Major.
Other units 1940-05-06 - 1940-06-30 Assistant director of Lab Headquarters 1 Australian Corps.
Date and unit at appointment (Officers) 1940-05-11 Enlisted 2nd AIF.
Other units 1940-07-01 - 1942-07-12 Lieutenant colonel commanding officer 2/24th Battalion.
Other 1940-12-17 Arrived Middle East.
Other 1941-03-09 - 1941-04-21 Middle East Tactical School.
Date of honour or award 1942-05-02 Mention in Despatches.
Other 1942-07-12 Missing in action.
Other 1942-08-06 Confirmed prisoner of war.
Date of honour or award 1942-12-15 Mention in Despatches.
Date released 1945-04-05 Arrived United Kingdom.
Date returned to Australia 1945-08-08 Returned to Melbourne.
Other units 1945-09-18 Assistant director Ammenities, Headquarters AMF.
Other units 1945-11-06 Temporary colonel Director of Ammenities, Headquarters AMF.
Other 1946-08-22 Reserve of Officers.
Date of honour or award 1946-10-02 Bar to Distinguished Service Order (for services in Tobruk and the campaigns in Greece and Crete).