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Lincoln McDonald Vincent (Service no. 15049) was a First World War soldier with links to New Brighton

Lincoln McDonald Vincent was born in Christchurch on 1st October 1895, the second son of Henry (Harry) Lincoln and Catherine (nee McDonald). He was educated at Addington School, and Christ's College. He then worked for the Christchurch Press, and then the Lyttelton Times Company before his enlistment on 8th March 1916. He was 5’3” tall and had brown eyes and brown hair when he enlisted. He belonged to the New Brighton Surf Bathing and Lifesaving Club.

He joined the 2nd Battalion, Canterbury Regiment of the NZ Expeditionary Force. On 26th June 1916, he departed from Wellington and arrived in Devonport, UK, two months later.

While travelling from NZ to the UK he contracted an illness and was hospitalised at Hornchurch Convalescent Hospital, which had been designated as the New Zealand Convalescent Hospital. He was then transferred to Godford Military Camp until he was declared fit in September and sent to France.

Given that the date of his death listed on his service record is 14th June 1917, it is likely that Lincoln was killed in Belgium in the battle for Messines Ridge where many New Zealanders were killed. The 14th June was the final day of the battle.

His name is engraved on the Canterbury Regiment stone on the Memorial for the Missing at Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium. Individuals are commemorated in this way when their loss has been officially declared by their relevant service but there is no known burial site.

He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Lincoln’s name is on the New Brighton Surf Bathing and Lifesaving Club Memorial Window.

His brother, Henry McDonald Vincent, is mentioned on p.159 “Letters from Gallipoli: New Zealand Soldiers Write Home” by Glyn Harper.

Related resources


    • PRIVATE ADVICE. New Zealand Herald, Volume LIV, Issue 16575, 26 June 1917, Page 6
    • IN MEMORIAM. Sun, Volume V, Issue 1352, 13 June 1918, Page 1
    • DEATHS. Star , Issue 12043, 26 June 1917, Page 1
    • RECRUITS.Star , Issue 11591, 8 January 1916, Page 10
    • ADDINGTON HONOURS BOARD. Press, Volume LVI, Issue 16818, 26 April 1920, Page 2

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