Vivian Neville MAIN

MAIN, Vivian Neville

Service Number: 6518
Enlisted: 18 March 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sandgate, Brisbane - Queensland, Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Magill, Campbelltown, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Draper
Died: Killed in Action, Warneton, Belgium, 25 December 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Prowse Point Cemetery
Plot III, Row B, Grave No. I, Prowse Point Military Cemetery, Wallonie, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Magill Honour Board, Magill War Memorial
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18 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6518, 27th Infantry Battalion
24 Jan 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 6518, 27th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Miltiades embarkation_ship_number: A28 public_note: ''

Vivian Neville Main

Vivian Neville Main was the younger son of May Main “The Nook” Tranmere Terrace, Tranmere, South Australia and Mark Main, of 2 Virginia Flats, 77-79 McLeay Street, Potts Point, Sydney. He was born at Sandgate in Queensland in 1892. He sailed from Adelaide on the 24th January 1917, on board the HMAT Miltiades A28. He was promoted to acting Sergeant for the trip to Devonport UK. At various times he was promoted to acting roles in the army, acting Lance Corporal, acting Sergeant Etc. So he must have been well thought of and ready for promotion. On Christmas Day 1917, the Battalion was celebrating back at the camp in Romerin. Vivian Neville Main and a couple of others were asked to help 7th field engineers to replace 450 meters of barbed wire at the front line in Ploegsteert Wood. As they worked they were shelled, and four of them were killed. A pall was cast over the Battalion Christmas celebrations. They were all buried at Prowse Point Military Cemetery, Wallonie, Belgium, which was just down the road, and had been established during a major action in 1914. It is ironic that at this very spot on December 25th 1914, the war stopped for the day, and both opposing armies together, celebrated a Christmas truce.
Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 12 January 1918 p 27

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