Vincent Patrick WASE


WASE, Vincent Patrick

Service Number: 3662
Enlisted: 9 October 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Born: Jericho Central, Queensland, Australia, 17 March 1895
Home Town: Isisford, Longreach, Queensland
Schooling: Rockhampton Public School, Queensland
Occupation: Horse-breaker
Died: Multiple SW to arm, thigh & buttock, Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, England , 27 August 1918, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Bristol (Arnos Vale) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Bristol Roman Catholic Cemetery (Row C, Grave 1), Gloucestershire. Inscription: A tribute of love to a devoted son RIP
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

9 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3662, 31st Infantry Battalion
16 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3662, 31st Infantry Battalion
16 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 3662, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Boorara, Brisbane
24 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 31st Infantry Battalion, Reverted to Pte at own request 16/3/1917
5 Jun 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 8th Light Trench Mortar Battery
27 Aug 1918: Involvement Private, SN 3662, 8th Light Trench Mortar Battery

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 27th August.....Private Vincent Patrick Wase was born at Jericho, Queensland in 1895. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 9th October, 1915 as a 20 year old, single, Horse-breaker from Isis Downs, Isisford, Queensland.

Private Wase embarked from Brisbane, Queensland on HMAT Boorara (A42) on 16th August, 1916 with the 8th Infantry Brigade, 31st Infantry Battalion, 8th Reinforcements. He was admitted to Ship's Hospital while at sea on 10th October, 1916 with Mumps. On disembarking at Plymouth, England on 13th October, 1916 - he was admitted to 4th Southern General Hospital at Devonport, England with Mumps.

Private Wase was posted to No. 1 Command Depot at Perham Downs, Wiltshire on 1st December, 1916 & medically classified “A” (fit for active service). He was transferred to 8th Training Battalion at Dinton, Wiltshire on 2nd December, 1916 then marched in to Hurdcott, Wiltshire on 3rd December, 1916.

Private Wase proceeded to France & joined 31st Battalion at the Front on 26th December, 1916. He was appointed Lance Corporal on 24th January, 1917 but reverted to the rank of Private on 11th March 1917 at his own request.

Private Wase was admitted to Field Ambulance on 15th March, 1917 with Influenza then transferred to 5th Divisional Rest Station on 4th April, 1917. He was admitted to Casualty Clearing Station on 7th April, 1917 with Trench Fever & rejoined his Battalion on 8th May, 1917. He was sent sick to Hospital on 27th June, 1917 & again on 17th September, 1917. He rejoined his Battalion on 15th October, 1917.

Private Wase was detached to 8th A.L.T.M.B. (Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery) on 9th November, 1917. He was on leave to UK from 20th January to 7th February, 1918. Private Wase was transferred to 8th Light T.M. Battery from 31st Battalion on 5th June, 1918.

Private Wase was wounded in action on 29th July, 1918. Extract from the War Diary "The battery had six casualties wounded, namely Sgt W. Warland M.M. and PTES I. Doyle, V. P. Wase, J.J. Harper, I. M. Johnston and J. Garry. Expenditure 960 rounds." He was invalided to England on Hospital Ship Guildford Castle & admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, England on 18th August, 1918 with multiple shrapnel wounds to arm, thigh & buttock.

Private Vincent Patrick Wase died at 9.10 am on 27th August, 1918 at Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, England from wounds received in action – GSW left thigh & Haemorrhage. He was buried in Arnos Vale Roman Catholic Cemetery, Bristol, England where 6 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)