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John Kenneth VINCENT

Regimental number97
Place of birthCowangardie, Victoria
True NameMINCHINGTON, James Victor
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressCharles Street, Benalla, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 5.75"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs W. Vincent, Charles Street, Benalla, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
The Machine Gun Section of 31st Bn left from Melbourne on two ships, HMAT A62 'Wandilla', embarking on 9 November 1915, and HMAT A41 'Bakara', embarking on 5 November 1915. From the Embarkation Rolls it is not possible to distinguish on which ship an individual sailed.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Machine Gun Section
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row K, Grave No. 40), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
178
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Elizabeth Jane MINCHINGTON, 5 Northcote Street, Richmond, Victoria, and the late Albert E. MINCHINGTON
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Transferred to 8th Machine Gun Company, 9 March 1916; taken on strength, Tel el Kebir, 11 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, France, 20 July 1916.

Buried in Rue Petillon Cemetery; reported by Rev. Thomas J. KING, attached 8th Infantry Brigade.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, VINCENT John Kenneth

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