1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Sydney Rodney Cyril Vince Vince

Contributed by: Clive Mabbutt, on 2008-12-17

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Rank
First Name Sydney Rodney Cyril Vince
Surname Vince
Year of Birth 1898
Year of Death 1917
Regiment Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Place of Wartime Residence Monks Eleigh, Suffolk

Sydney Rodney Cyril Vince's Story

In Memory of

Able Seaman SYDNEY RODNEY CYRIL VINCE

R/609, Anson Bn. R.N. Div., Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

who was killed on 26 October 1917 and has no known grave.

Younger brother of Stanley Gilbert Gordon Vince.

Remembered with honour

TYNE COT MEMORIAL in Belgium:

www.cwgc.org/search/certificate.aspx?casualty=825461

www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_details.aspx?cemetery=53300

&mode=1

Other memories

Clive Mabbutt, Church Stretton, Shropshire 2008-12-19

In the Gallery picture Sydney is kneeling bottom right.

From National Archive medal cards it is now known that he was born in 1898 so he was 19 years old when he was killed.

He was the younger brother of Stanley Gilbert Gordon Vince - who fought in WW1 and survived its horrors. His other elder brother, Alfonso William Vince , was killed in 1915 during WW1. Both these Vinces have stories to be seen on this remembrance wall. Sydney also had another elder brother, Clarence Vince, who ran the family Timber business during WW1 - deemed vital to the war effort so he did not see active service.

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Clive Mabbutt, Church Stretton, Shropshire 2008-12-20

In 1919 Sydney was posthumously awarded the Victory Medal.

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Clive Mabbutt, Church Stretton, Shropshire 2009-01-22

I have now established why Sydney, an Able Seaman, was killed on land! The Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth have told me that during WW1 there were not enough ships to be manned by all those enrolling into the Navy. The Anson RNVR Battalion was one of many that fought on land. They would also have fought in their Naval uniforms.

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Clive Mabbutt, Church Stretton, Shropshire 2009-02-05

The Memorial Plaque in the Gallery is situated in St Peter's Church in Monks Eleigh

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Clive Mabbutt, Church Stretton, Shropshire 2009-02-05

Varlet Farm is where Sydney was killed.

Varlet Farm is located south-east of Poelcapelle, about midway between it and Passchendaele. It was taken by the Anson Battalion of the Royal Naval Division at 7.20 a.m. on the 26th of October 1917.

Sydney's grave is believed to be at Poelcapelle, but one of the thousands there that are unidentified.

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Clive Mabbutt, Church Stretton, Shropshire 2009-06-24

Varlet Farm Battle Account

Pictures in the gallery show the position of Varlet Farm

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