PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasJohn SPENCER
Birth date and placec. 1809 Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences8 Charles Place, Kensington, Middlesex  (1851).
TradeCarpenter.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 9 ins. Complexion: pale. Eyes: blue. Hair: dark brown.
Marriage date and place15 Feb 1836 St George, Bloomsbury, Middesex.
SpouseMargaret McKENZIE.
ChildrenArthur b. 1838, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Margaret b. 1840, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
John b. 1845, Woolwich, Kent.
Elizabeth Sepping b. 1850 at sea. Registered Chatham, Kent.
Death date and place11 Mar 1876 Melbourne Hospital, Victoria, Australia.
Cause of Death: Debility. Hemiplegia.
Burial date and place12 Mar 1876 New Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria.
Will and Probate
Death/Funeral NoticesIllustrated Australian News 18 Apr 1876.
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank#1475 Private.
Attestation date and place21 Jan 1833 Woolwich, Kent.
Service/CampaignsHalifax, Nova Scotia 7 years 2 months.
Mauritius 2 years 1 month.
Western Australia 3 years 2 months.
MustersWO11-91 3rd Company, Halifax, Nova Scotia (1841).
WO11-126 Detachment, Kensington, Middlesex (1851).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-146 (1855) Western Australia.
PromotionsPrivate to 2nd Corporal 1 Apr 1846.
2nd Corporal to Corporal 13 Jan 1847.
Corporal to Sergeant 1 Nov 1849.
Medals, Clasps and Badges
Other Awards & PrizesThe Great Exhibition.
Bronze Medal and Present.
Casualty/MedicalLabours under disease of the chest (Emphysema and Bronchitis),and is a man of shattered constitution; suffering in addition from chronic disease of the liver, the result of an acute attack which he had in Halifax Nova Scotia in 1842.
Since his arrival in Western Australia his health has become much impaired and he has been repeatedly under treatment in hospital. Disability caused by his military service.
Sergeant Spencer is of worn-out appearance and has a chronic affection of the lungs, rendering him subject to shortness of breath, and incapacitating him for the active duties of a soldier. [24th Jul 1855].
Regimental Courts MartialTried 16 Jan 1824: Absent without Leave about 38 hours.
Convicted and Sentenced to Solitary Confinement for ten days.
Imprisoned 16 Jan to 25 Jan 1834.
Tried 21 Feb 1835: Exceeding his pass about 35 hours.
Convicted and Sentenced to Solitary Confinement for seven days.
Imprisoned 20 Feb to 2 Mar 1835.
Tried 9 Dec 1835: Absent without Leave about 60 hours.
Convicted and Sentenced to Solitary Confinement for 15 days and to forfeit his pay for the 2 days on which he was absent.
Imprisoned 2 Dec to 24 Dec 1835.
Discharge date and place24 Jul 1855 Fremantle, Western Australia.
Length of Service22 years 140 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1364-37.
Post Discharge ResidenceFremantle, Western Australia.
Pension1/7½d. per diem. Fremantle WA (1855). Melbourne (1856-1875).
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipAnna Robertson. 
Departure and Arrival datesDep. Woolwich 10 Sep 1851. Arr. Fremantle 18 Dec 1851.
Occupations post-arrival in WAInstructing Warder [Barker p.194].
Subscriptions to FundsNone.
Land AcquisitionEligible for £10 remission on 20 acres of land [CSR499-15].
None in Western Australia.
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 10 Feb 1854.
Inquirer & Commercial News 30 Apr 1856.
Ship ex-WAGuyon.
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle 27 Apr 1856 for Adelaide.
Dep. Adelaide for Melbourne on date and vessel unknown.