Gunner 155220 John Vincent

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Died Home on Tuesday, 5th June 1917, age 38.
Buried in Grave BN. 4. 25. at Coseley (Christ Church) New Churchyard, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

Royal Garrison Artillery.

Husband of the late Mary Ann Vincent.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Coseley.

Never served abroad.
Medal entitlement: No medal entitlement.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, and St. John's memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/395000/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
36 Avenue Road, Coseley, Staffs.
Joseph Vincent (49, Brickyard Labourer, born Sedgley), his wife Lavinia (46, Fruiter, born Tipton), and their 8 children: Jenny (23, born Tipton), John (21, born Tipton), Charlotte (19, born Tipton), Annie (15, born Tipton), Benjamin (11, born Sedgley), May (9 born Sedgley), Nora (5, born Coseley), and Nina (1, born Coseley).

1911 Census
147 Bloomfield Road, Tipton, Staffs.
John Vincent (30, General Labourer at Gasworks, born Tipton), his wife Mary Ann (30, born Wolverhampton), and their 2 children: Dollie (5, born Tipton), and Winston (4, born Tipton).

Personal Data

John's widow, Mary Ann, received his outstanding army pay and allowances in December 1917; this amounted to £2/3/2d (2 pounds, 3 shillings and 2 pence). He was not entitled to a post-war War Gratuity payment.

Mary Ann, was awarded a Pension of £1/4/2d (1 pound, 4 shillings and 2 pence) per week for herself and 2 children - Charlotte May born 1-7-1905 and John Winston Spencer born 24-10-1906. This was paid from 19th December 1917.

Action resulting in his death

The Soldier's Effects entry for John Vincent records that he died on 5th June 1917 at Swaythling, and gave the cause of death as 'suicide'. Swaythling was an Army Remount Depot which provided horses for all branches of the army; it was located on the northern outskirts of Southampton. John is shown as being attached to the 4th Reserve Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.

The sad circumstances of his death seem to be confirmed by his Pension Card which records "killed on a railway in a state of temporary insanity due to disease contracted on Active Service". Strangely, the Burial Register at Christ Church records: "Killed in Air Raid. Vengeance is mine saith the Lord. He will deliver into our Hand.”

As no Medal Index Card exists for John Vincent, it appears that he did not serve abroad. His was buried in Christ Church New Churchyard, Coseley on 9th June 1917.

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