Vincent's father Charles John was an Assistant in the Judicial Department of the North
West Province (India) when he married Mary Anne in 1842 at Agra, Bengal, and Assistant in the Office of the Chief Commissioner of Oudh in 1857 when the "Indian Mutiny" occurred.
Vincent was born at Simla in 1854 and lived there until his father died in 1885.
Britain annexed Upper Burma in 1886 and Vincent served in the British
Fontier Expeditions in Burma until 1892 receiving the India General
Medal 1854-95 with 2 clasps.
He became an engineer in the Colonial Civil Service.
In November 1891 Vincent married Geraldine LITSTER at Simla, and six children were born
Archibald Charles born 1893 in Madras, Captain in WW1. 2 daughters.
Percival Vincent, born 1894 in Madras, 2/Lieut. died 1916 of wounds WW1.
Murial Geraldine born 1895 in Madras, never married, died 1949 in London.
Dorris Kathleen born 1898 in Bombay. 1 daughter Betty Lou. Died 1995 age 97 in England
Beryl Gladys born 1900 Sitabuldi Bengal, 1 daughter
Caroline, 4 grandchildren. Beryl was a Casting Director at Paramount.
Elsie Vera born 1902 Najpur in Bengal, died same year.
In 1900 Vincent was examiner, P. W. D. Accounts at Sitabuldi, Nagpur, Bengal
In 1901-1912 he was Captain, Bombay Volunteer Rifles (infantry)
In 1910 he was Deputy Accountant General of Bengal, and in 1914 Accountant General of Post & Telegraph. Click to see descendant chart
In I915 he was deployed as Colonel with the Indian Expeditionary Force
A in Europe who took part in the Battle of the Somme, the Battle of
Bazentin, the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, the advance to the
Hindenburg Line and finally the Battle of Cambrai. (Wikipedia).
He received the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal. Interestingly, Vincent would have been
fighting against some third cousins!
Indian Cavalry in a French village
Indian Forces Memorial, Ypres
Indian troops manning Hotchkiss gun in Iraq
In 1918 he was with the Indian Expeditionary Force D
to Mespotamia (Iraq). After the Battle of Sharqat in October, the
Turkish forces surrendered and the Armistice of Mudros was signed.[ The
Mesopotamian campaign was largely an Indian Army campaign
In 1920 he retired to England, and died in 1956 at Southwark, London, age 91
He was survived by 3 children, 3 grand children, and several Great grandchildren.