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Vincent HAVEY

Regimental number1108
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 8.5"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, F Havey, William Street, Kilkenny, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the 76th Infantry (Senior Cadets).
Enlistment date14 September 1914
Place of enlistmentMorphettville, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration details V.C. Corner (Panel No 20), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
170
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 5 April 1915.

Disembarked Marseilles [? probably clerical error: Alexandria], 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation.

Found guilty, 31 January 1916, of being drunk in lines after lights out: fined 2/6.

Transferred to 60th Bn, and taken on strength, 24 February 1916.

Found guilty, Ferry Post, 26 March 1916, of disobeying an order from an NCO: forfeited 1 day's pay.

Found guilty, Ferry Post, 3 April 1916, of being absent without leave from 0900-1200 and 1500-1700 parades: awarded 7 days' pack drill.

Found guilty, Ferry Post, 5 April 1916, of being absent without leave from 900-1200 and 1500-1700 parades: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty, 27 April 1916, of being absent without leave from parade at 1500: forfeited 1 day's pay.

Found guilty, Ferry Post, 1 May 1916, of insubordination in that he failed to report at swimming parade at 1430 on 29 April 1916, and he refused to obey an order given by his superior officer: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty, 23 May 1916, of (1) being absent without leave from parade , 20 May 1916; (2) whilst undergoing open arrest, absenting himself without leave from Reveille, 0400, 23 May, to 0600, 23 May 1916: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty, Moascar, 8 June 1916, of being absent without leave from compulsory swimming parade: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing in Action, 19 July 1916.

Now, 22 June 1916, reported 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1290903, 2650 Corporal D. OGILVY, C Company, 60th Bn, 15 January 1917: 'I knew Havey very well. He was in the 8th Battalion with me on the Peninsula. He was acting as a bomber at Fleurbaix on July 19th. and was killed. I saw his dead body lying out in No Man's Land. He was lying out with a Corporal. I took a drink of water to the Cpl. and asked him if Havey would have some. The Cpl. said Havey had died during the night. I turned his body over and found it to be so.'

Second statement, 3565 Corporal J.W. MURTON, 60th Bn (patient, 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, England), 19 January 1917: 'He was in the same shell hole with me where we were for 3 days and 2 nights. He was shot through the back and died two nights after on the 20th July 16. I saw him after he had died.'

Note on file: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HAVEY Vincent
Red Cross File No 1290903

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