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Lawrence Stanley VINCENT

Regimental number777
Place of birthNarrabri West, New South Wales
Other NamesLaurence Stanley
SchoolNarrabri West Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShop assistant
Address24A Victoria Street, Lewisham, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinFather, Charles Vincent, 24A Victoria Street, Lewisham, New South Wales
Previous military service Served in the 29th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces, Balmain; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date5 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death21.9
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row C, Grave No 6), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Isabella Caroline VINCENT, 'Laurieville', Military Road, Merrylands, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.

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

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

German report, 2 August 1916: 'austr. Sold. Vincent, L.S. 30. Batt. C. Coy. Nr. 777. am 19.7 in Gegend Fromelles gefallen.'

Note on Red Cross File No 2820507: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Statement, 759 Pte F. SCHOLES, C Company, 30th Bn (patient, Graylingwell Hospital, Chichester, England), 14 May 1917: 'I saw Vincent killed by a shell in the German front line. The Batt. had to retire and Vincent was left lying dead in the trenches.' Eyewitness: Yes.

Second statement: 1180 Pte S.J. BROCK, C Company, 30th Bn, 16 May 1917: 'He was killed at Fromelles on July 19th in the German front line at about 6.30 p.m. I saw him lying in the German trench. He had been shot through the stomach by M.G. fire and was in a pretty bad way. He could just speak and was near death when we left him. We had to retire from this point and I did not see anything further of him.'

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

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 3), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
Miscellaneous detailsFather's subsequent address (1922); Military Road, Merrylands, New South Wales.
SourcesNAA: B2455, VINCENT Lawrence Stanley
Red Cross File No 2820507

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