Vincent TOPPIN MM

TOPPIN, Vincent

Service Numbers: 766, 4509
Enlisted: 5 March 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 23rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 2 September 1896
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Storeman
Died: Natural causes, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, 13 March 1951, aged 54 years
Cemetery: Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery, Queensland
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World War 1 Service

5 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 766, Brisbane, Queensland
29 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 766, 25th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 766, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Brisbane
23 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4509, 23rd Infantry Battalion, RMS Malwa, Melbourne
23 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4509, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
1 Sep 1918: Wounded Private, SN 4509, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Mont St Quentin / Peronne, Shell wound (head)
18 May 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 4509, 23rd Infantry Battalion, M/U Head injury - spent the rest of his life in an institution

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...4509 Private Vincent Toppin, 23rd Battalion. A storeman from Spring Hill, Queensland prior to enlistment, Pte Toppin had originally embarked for overseas service with the service number 766 with C Company, 25th Battalion from Brisbane on HMAT Aeneas on 29 June 1915. Following his arrival in Suez, he became ill and returned to Australia. Following his recovery he re-embarked with the 11th Reinforcements, 23rd Battalion from Melbourne on RMS Malwa on 23 April 1916. He was later awarded the Military Medal, the citation for which reads in part “(He) continued to carry ammunition to his Lewis gun though wounded by shrapnel…He is an exceptionally courageous and determined soldier.” He was later evacuated to England suffering a wound to the head. He returned to Australia on 25 January 1919 and was medically discharged. Tragically his wound left him mentally disabled and he spent the remainder of his life in an institution..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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