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John Vincent

Photograph of First Echelon, Divisional Signals. Back row: Captains A. E. Smith, R. L. C. Grant, Lieutenants D. M. Burns, R. Dasler, Second-Lieutenant A. G. Holms, Lieutenant C. G. Pryor. Front row: Lieutenant D. M. McFarlane, Captains J. Feeney, J. Vincent, DCM, MM, Lieutenant-Colonel S. F. Allen, Major G. L. Agar, Lieutenant C. A. Borman, Captain E. L. J. Marshall, Lieutenant N. G. Fletcher. Image kindly provided by New Zealand Electronic Text Collection, from Divisional Signals, The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939–1945. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Photograph of First Echelon, Divisional Signals. Back row: Captains A. E. Smith, R. L. C. Grant, Lie …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John AWMM
  • Surname
    Vincent AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII 6/1128 AWMM
    • WWII 4013 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
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  • Waka
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM 228 Wilson's Road, Opawa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 Mrs Vincent, Earlswood Mount, Red Hill, Surrey, England AWMM
    • WW2 Mrs K.V. Vincent (wife), 73 Bretts Road, St Albans, Christchurch New Zealand AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
      London Gazette 26 November 1917, p12326 Citation, London Gazette 6 February 1918, p1780 "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as battalion signalling sergeant in an attack. His commanding officer was killed during the attack, and he went forward three times to find another officer to take command of the battalion, but in each case the officer for whom he was searching was wounded. He returned and established his communications, and finally found an officer to take command. Throughout the whole time he was exposed to the heaviest machine-gun fire, and his cheerfulness and disregard of danger was a splendid example to all ranks." AWMM
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      London Gazette 9 December 1916, p12058, Rec No 291 "During the operations at Flers from the 16th to the 18th September and from the 25th to 28th September, L/Cpl Vincent repeatedly went out under heavy shell fire to repair the telephone wire from Battalion Headquarters, when they were damaged by the enemy’s fire, and it was owing to L/Cpl Vincent’s increasing attention to duty that communication was able to be kept up so well in spite of the bombardment" AWMM
    • Croix de Guerre 1914-1918 (Belgian) AWMM
      London Gazette 12 July 1918, p8191 "For distinguished services rendered during the course of the campaign." AWMM
    • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) (Military) AWMM
      London Gazette, 13th June 1946, "Maj. Vincent served overseas with the 1st New Zealand Expeditionary Force from 16 October 1914 until 30 June 1919 being Brigade Signal Officer during the latter part of that period. He was awarded the DCM, MM, Belgian Croix de Guerre, and was Mentioned in Despatches in the First World War. He served with 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force from 25 September 1939 until December 1941 and was Adjuctant, New Zealand Divisional Signals and Chief Instructor, Signal Depot, 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force during this period. He was Mentioned in Despatches for his service during this period. From November 1939 until April 1948 Maj. Vincent was Chief Instructor of Signal Wing, Army School of Instruction and being responsible for the training of signal personnel for overseas and home service. He consistently displayed exceptional keenness and enthusiasm, and his wide knowledge of signals and signal requirements in the field resulted in the setting of a very high standard of instruction of signal personnel. He was posted to the Retired List in October 1948." Beattie and Pomeroy, p. 320 AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

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  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 745 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.187 AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
      p. 268-269 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. and Pomeroy, M.J. (2016). Gallant Acts and Noble Deeds: New Zealand army honours and awards for the Second World War. Auckland, N.Z.: Fair Dinkum Publications.; P.J. Beattie and M.J. Pomeroy, 2016. AWMM
      p. 320 AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM

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