Vincent, Walter


Name recorded on the Highfield War MemorialBitterne War Memorial and the Southampton Cenotaph.
His name was also found in the Highfield School headteachers log listed as an old boy, lost during World War 1. See Highfield School Roll of Honour.

Other Information

Birth registered for Walter Henry Vincent, Jul-Sep 1900, Southampton, Vol. 2c, page 35.

In the 1901 census, Walter Vincent (b.1900, Southampton) was shown living in a 3 roomed property at Flat 15, Council Buildings, Southampton (on Bugle Street adjacent to Westgate Street in the parish of St. Michaels). He lived with his father, Walter R. (b.1870, Shirley, Southampton) a dock labourer, and his mother, Nellie (b.1877, West Meon, Hampshire)
Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 1058; Folio: 107; Page: 22.

Walter Henry Vincent served as an Officers Steward 1st Class in the Mercantile Marine. He died, aged 17, aboard the H.M.H.S. “Llandovery Castle” (London) on the 27th June 1918. He is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial.

The H.M.H.S Llandovery Castle was a Canadian Hospital Ship. She was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland on June 27th 1918, and although lifeboats were used they were chased down by the submarine with the loss of 234 lives. The commanders of the submairne faced war crimes trials for their actions at the end of the war.

At the time of his death, his next of kin was listed as his mother, Nellie Vincent (nee Rye), of 129, Bevois Valley Rd., Southampton. His father was the late Robert Vincent.

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