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Henry Charles VINCE

Regimental number1033
Date of birth1881
Place of birthStepney, London, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBuilder and contractor
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinWife, Mrs Maud Vince, c/o 25 King Edward Road, Barking, London, England
Previous military serviceServed in South Africa in the Railway Pioneer Regiment; also served for 2.6 years in the Royal Navy (1st Class Petty Officer).
Enlistment date18 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport Berrima on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).

FateDischarged 31 October 1917

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. was alone in an advanced snipers position on the Russell Top position at Anzac during the last 10 hours of the evacuation. His vigilance and keen observations were responsible for obtaining valuable information as to the movements of the enemy, which he promptly reported. On a previous occasion in Company with Sergeant Brennan (who has since received the D.C.M.) he reconnoitred the enemy position on the NEK in daylight as far as their front line trenches, and sketched same. He also reconnoitred Malone Gully and Sniper's Nest, and led an unsuccessful attack with 10 men against the latter strong hold. Although 6 of his party were wounded severely by machine gun fire, he got them all away under heavy fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19/41917

Discharge date31 October 1917
Other details

War service: enlisted in AN&MEF, as Pte, 16 August 1914. Appointed Corporal, 20 November 1914; Lance Sergeant, 7 January 1915.

Enlisted in AIF, 22 April 1915. Appointed Lance Sergeant, 21 August 1915; Temporary Sergeant, 11 October 1915; Sergeant, 23 May 1916; Company Sergeant Major, 5 November 1916.

Discharged in England from AIF, 31 October 1917.

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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