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VICTORY MEDAL 1914-19 : 5TH.(CITY OF LONDON) BATTALION (LONDON RIFLE BRIGADE) : KILLED IN ACTION 1 JULY 1916 :

Victory Medal 1914-19 - 2950 Pte. V.J. AUSTIN, 5-Lond. R. (London Regiment) : (VINCENT JOHN AUSTIN - Born 20 November 1896 at Wood Green, Middlesex, the son of Vincent James Austin (School Teacher) and Rebecca Austin (Nee Ascoli) of 75 Bury Road, Noel Park, Wood Green : He was the younger of their two children and was baptised on 21 March 1897 at St. Michael's Church, Wood Green : The 1901 Census Record shows him residing at 7 Bury Road, Noel Park with his parents and sister Rica Clara aged 7 : By 1911 the family had moved to 'Vine Cottage', New Town, Hatfield, Hertfordshire and his Grandmother, Emma Austin was now resident with them : Vincent attended Dagmar House School for boys at Hatfield : In November 1915 he attested for the Army and was posted to 5th.(City of London) Battalion (London Rifle Brigade) with Service No. 2950 (Subsequently re-numbered as 301922), he landed in France on 28 May 1916 : On 1 July 1916 he was killed in action during the diversionary attack at Gommecourt on the First Day of the Battle of the Somme : He is buried in Gommecourt British Cemetery No. 2, he was just 19 years of age at the date of his death : On 1 July 1916 the Battalion was tasked with attacking the enemy postions at Gommecourt, and after some successes were subsequently driven out of the enemy trenches with great loss : In his report of the battle, Lieutenant-Colonel A.S. Bates gave the strength of the Battalion at the time of assembly for action, as 23 Officers and 803 Other Ranks : At 5.00pm. back in the British Line, he counted just 89 unwounded men.) : Sold with verification; copy CWGC. information and related research : GVF - £275