Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

Michael Spartali


Michael Spartali was born in London, England, on the 22nd July 1881. He was the son of Demetrius Michael Spartali (1852-1894), a stockbroker, and Virginia Ralli. Michael was educated at Haileybury College before attending the University of Glasgow.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

On graduating BSc in 1904, he pursued an engineering career, first in the UK with the London and North Western and Great Northern Railways, and then joining Burma Railways in 1906. He also became an Associate Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers in that year. He held positions of responsibility in other railways, culminating in the role of Chief Engineer of Surveys for the Nigerian Railways in 1914.

He received a probationary commission as 2nd Lieutenant with the 3rd Battalion South Wales Borderers on the 2nd February 1915, which was confirmed on the 22nd May 1915.

2nd Lieutenant Michael Spartali was killed in action at Gallipoli on the 15th June 1915, and is commemorated at the Helles Memorial in Turkey. His brother, Cyril, died later the same year and is commemorated at Loos.