Vincent Albert SILVA

SILVA, Vincent Albert

Service Number: 2213
Enlisted: 3 March 1915, Dunolly, Vic.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion
Born: Goldsborough, Victoria. Australia., 24 March 1894
Home Town: Goldsborough, Loddon, Victoria
Schooling: Goldsborough State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Labourer.
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Turkey, 8 August 1915, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Vincent was never buried, by the Army or by Family. We do have a memorial plaque for Vincent and His Brother, Peter. Added to photos.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bealiba Memorial Gate Posts, Dunolly Great War Memorial, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, Mildura Cenotaph, Mildura Workingmans Club War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

3 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2213, 14th Infantry Battalion, Dunolly, Vic.
17 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, 2213, 14th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
17 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, 2213, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Melbourne
8 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2213, 14th Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Vincent Silva embarked for Gallipoli on 1 August 1915 was killed in action only 7 days later on 8 August 1915 following the unsuccessful attack on Hill 971 as part of the August Offensive.

There is a very high probability he was killed at or near a place called Abdel Rahman Bair (the ridgeline immediately before Hill 971). This was the furthest point the Australians actually reached (they never made it to Hill 971) and is where the 14th Battalion was caught in the open by well sited Turkish machine guns and driven back with significant casualties (36 killed, 93 wounded and 128 missing - later confirmed killed). 

Vincent Silva's body was never recovered and he is memorialised at the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli.



Family Addition; 100 years and for Vincent he died 100 years ago on the 8th August 1915. Killed on the top of mount 971. He took 2 bullets, but one went into his forehead. They say he died instantly.