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Edwin Aloysius VINCENT

Regimental number1582
Place of birthSouthwark, South Australia
Other NamesEdwin Aloyius
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationVaudeville artist
AddressSouthwark, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 6.75"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Hannah Vincent, 21 Hawthorne Street, Southwark, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Senior Cadets, 76th Battalion (now exempt).
Enlistment date9 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 6), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Taken on strength of A Company, 32nd Bn, Ismailia, 24 January 1916.

Embarked to join the British Expeditionary Force, Alexandria, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 12 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2820502: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Statement, 3195 Pte C. SMITH, B Company, 32nd Bn (patient, 3rd Southern General Hospital, Town Hall, Oxford, England), 27 November 1916: 'I know Edward (sic) Vincent very well. He was my best pal, and when I joined the Battalion at the front five of (sic) six weeks ago, I made special enquiries about him. I was told that he went out on a big raid one night at Fleur Baix (sic) in July. While they were coming back from the raid the other men who were with him saw him wounded, and coming back across No Mans (sic) Land singing. No one ever saw him again. He was a "Rag time" singer and a great favourite.'

Second statement, 6 Sergeant W.J.P. CARR, 2nd Cyclists Bn (patient, Edmonton Hospital, London, England), 7 June 1917: 'I have seen a photograph of a group of prisoners taken in Germany[.] Vincent was among them. The photograph was sent by my brother who was a Prisoner in Germany at the time. I knew Vincent very well, he was in my platoon.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName recorded on Embarkation Roll as Edwin Alloywieus VINCENT.
SourcesNAA: B2455, VINCENT Edwin Aloysius
Red Cross file 2820502

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