Vincent John Austin

Name

Vincent John Austin
20th November 1896

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

01/07/1916
19 years

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Rifleman
301922
London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade)
5th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

GOMMECOURT BRITISH CEMETERY NO.2, HEBUTERNE
II. H. 2.
France

Headstone

>"NOBLY THY DUTY DONE REST EVERMORE GOD'S WILL NOT OUR'S"

UK Memorials

Hatfield War Memorial, Great North Road, Hatfield Hatfield In Memoriam Book Dagmar House School Memorial, St Ethelreda's Church, Hatfield St Luke's Church Memorial Plaque, New Town, Hatfield

Pre War

Vincent John Austin was born in Wood Green, Middlesex on 20th November 1896, son of Vincent Jas Austin (a School Teacher) (B 1862 in Hatfield) and Rebeca Austin (nee Ascoli) (B 1865 in Buckhurst Hill, Essex). The youngest of two children. 


He was Baptised on 21st March 1897, at St Michael, Wood Green, Middx. At the time the family lived at 75 Bury Road, Noel Park, Wood Green.


1901 Census records Vincent aged 4, living with his parents, and sister Rica Clara 7, at 7 Bury Road, Noel Park, Wood Green, Middx.


By 1911 the family had moved to Hatfield and were living at Vine Cottage, New Town, Hatfield. His grandmother Emma Austin was also living with the family. 


Vincent attended Dagmar House School for boy's in Hatfield.

Wartime Service

He enlisted in London in November 1915. Posted to the 5th (City of London) Battalion (London Rifle Brigade), initially with the Service No. 2950 then 301922. He landed in France on 28th May 1916.


On 1st July 1916, he was with his Battalion in front line trenches at Hebuterne. The Battalion suffered heavy casualties on a diversionary attack on Gommecouert, Vincent being one of the casualties.


He is buried in the CWGC Gommecourt British Cemetery No. 2.

Additional Information

His effects of £2-19s-1d, Pay Owing and £3, War Gratuity went to his father Vincent.

Acknowledgments

Stuart Osborne
Jonty Wild