Edwin Aloysius VINCENT

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VINCENT, Edwin Aloysius

Service Number: 1582
Enlisted: 9 July 1915, Keswick South Australia Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Thebarton South Australia, 16 November 1896
Home Town: Thebarton (Southwark), City of West Torrens, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Vaudeville Artist
Died: Killed In Action, Fromelles, France, 20 July 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France
Name listed on Panel Number 6 on the Australian Memorial to the Missing at VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles., VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Adelaide Christian Brothers' College WW1 Roll of Honor, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

9 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1582, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick South Australia Australia
18 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, HMAT Geelong (A2)
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1582, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography

Embarkation Roll (www.awm.gov.au)  incorrectly spells middle name "Alloywieus" instead of "Aloysius"

"...1582 Private Edwin Aloysius Vincent, 32nd Battalion. A vaudeville artist from Southwark, South Australia, prior to enlistment, he embarked with the 1st Reinforcements from Adelaide on 18 November 1915 aboard HMAT Geelong (A2) for Suez. The battalion relocated to the Western Front, France, in mid-June 1916. Pte Vincent was reported missing in action at the Battle of Fromelles on 20 July 1916 and was subsequently determined to have been killed in action on that date. He has no known grave and he is commemorated on the VC Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France. He was aged 19 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Edwin had two brothers killed during the war, 2230 Pte. William Goldsborough Vincent, 10th Battalion AIF was killed at Pozieres only a few days after Edwin, on 23 July 1916. Age 23.

Another brother, 3517 Cpl. Bewick Henry Vincent 50th Battalion AIF, was killed in action the next year, on 2 April, 1917, age 26.

From Edward's Red Cross Wounded and Missing file the following report was given, 'I know Edward Vincent very well. He was my best pal, and when I joined the Battalion at the front five or 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.'

They were the sons of Mrs. Hannah Vincent, 21 Hawthorne Street, Southwark, South Australia. Their father, Thomas Aloysius Vincent also passed away during 1917. Hannah Vincent was left with three remaining children.

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