|NAME||Sidney George Washington Spencer|
|DIED||Accidentally killed in a car accident near his home – 10 December 1926 – age 44|
|MILITARY SERIAL NO.||22|
|UNIT||1st Div. Signal Coy.|
|ENLISTED||Sydney 9 September 1914|
|DISCHARGED||Sydney 3 February 1919|
Sidney George Spencer’s block was in the Land District of Gosford, Parish of Narara, County of Northumberland. His block of 40 acres was freehold.  It was a Settlement Purchase No. 1919.12. He took up residence on 16 August 1919 intending using the property for fruit growing. He wished a quick settlement of the advance because his mother who was to live with him was in poor health. He required his advance for the building of a cottage, clearing land, pump, a cultivator, car, tools and shed. Spencer was judged to be ‘a very good type of settler, being very attentive to details and observant – he takes a great interest in any hints given him in reference to his orchard’
Spencer was killed on 10 December 1926 not far from home on Mangrove Road, when a vehicle he and James O’Connell were travelling in overturned. His wife Evelyn Mary Spencer and their children, continued living for a short time on the property, growing citrus – ‘the property (was) in very good order’.
Even though in 1928, the orchard was still looking good ‘like all the orchards this year, (it) had a quantity of summer grass and abnormal growth round the trees. The citrus are showing a fair crop for the coming harvest’. Around May 1929, Evelyn Spencer was living in Sydney and had employed a manager to work the holding. On 6 December 1930, she applied for a suspension of payments of instalments for twelve months. She stated ‘this is the first time that this (suspension) has ever been asked for’. Her request was approved until 31 December 1931. She was again residing on the property at this date ‘with (it being) in very good order’. She was again in arrears to the amount of £15.0.6 by 1933. Again in August 1934 all arrears were deferred to 1 March 1935. No payment had been received by May 1934.
Evelyn married again in 1933 to a man named Davidson.
 SRNSW: Lands Department; NRS 8058, Returned Soldiers loan files; [12/6845 No. 1387] Sidney George Washington Spencer, Application for Loan 30 April 1919.
 Ibid, S.G. Spencer to R.D. Gardner, 5 May 1919.
 Ibid, G.R. Bryant to Hon.Secretary Repatriation Committee, Gosford 19 May 1919.
 Ibid, Inspection Department of Lands 30 November 1925.
 SRNSW: NRS 343; Register to Inquests and Magisterial Inquiries, [Reel 2766 No.76/1927], 12 January 1927.
Op.cit., Inspection of Returned Soldier’s Holding 17 May 1927.
 Ibid, Inspector’s Report Department of Lands 16 April 1928.
 Ibid, Inspection of RSS Holding 7 May 1929.
 Ibid, Evelyn Spencer to the Under Secretary, Department of Lands 6 December 1930.
 Ibid, RSS Branch Report 9 February 1931.
 Ibid, Inspection Report2 March 1933.
 Ibid, Under Secretary to Evelyn Davidson 3 August 1934.
 Ibid, E.M. Davidson 16 August 1934.
 Ibid, Under Secretary to E.M. Davidson May 1935.
Sources used to compile this entry:
State Records NSW: Lands Department; NRS 8058, Returned Soldiers loan files; [12/6845 No. 1387] Sidney George Washington Spencer.
State Records NSW: NRS 343; Register of Coroner’s Inquests and Magisterial Inquiries, 1834-1942, [Reel 2766 No.76/1927], 12 January 1927.
National Archives of Australia: B2455, First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers (Sidney George Washington Spencer) online: http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=8086970