Harry Hall Vincent (1895-1917)
Private 25708 2nd Battalion
On 26th June 1917 the first US troops arrived in France, the Americans having declared war on Germany that April. On that day also Harry Vincent, aged 22, was killed in action on the Western Front.
Harry Hall Vincent was one of seven children of furniture agent Harry Vincent and of Mary Florence Berry, who had worked as a shop assistant and was the daughter of a cabbie, originally from Devon.
The family lived at 6 Alma Terrace before moving to 65 Osborn Road.
Harry Junior worked as a clerk in the cycle and motorcycle makers Radnall & Co. in Dartmouth Street. Harry enlisted in the Worcestershire Regiment – his brother Edgar served in the navy.
Harry was killed following the Battle of Messines, when the Allies had been successful after exploding huge mines under the German positions. Harry Hall Vincent has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras memorial.
The Arras Memorial is located in the Faubourg d'Amiens British Cemetery, in the western part of the town of Arras. The memorial commemorates 35,942 soldiers of the forces of the United Kingdom, South Africa, and New Zealand, who died in the Arras sector between the spring of 1916 and 7 August 1918, and who have no known grave.