SYMES, Vincent Gabriel
(Service number 80024)

Aliases Born Vincent Gabriel Meldrum SYMES.
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 18 September 1898 Place of Birth Alexandra

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Ashwick Flat, Fairlie
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs G. M. Symes, Ashwick Flat, Fairlie
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 42nd Reinforcements, B Company
Date 1 August 1918
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Where Captured and by Whom
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

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Date *1969 Age
Place of Death England
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Vincent Gabriel Symes was the second son of Henry and Grace Montgomery (née Wright) Symes. Vincent was educated at the Broad Bay School, Dunedin, then spent some time at Hamilton South School, before returning to Dunedin, to High Street School, and two months later to Mornington School, Dunedin. His brother, Henry Albert Symes, also served in World War I.Vincent Symes was publicly entertained by the Ashwick Flat Patriotic Entertainment Committee and received a wristlet watch before going to war. he was accorded a welcome home by the same committeed. Vincent married Elizabeth Mollison Troup (Molly) in 1928 and was divorced in 1938. It is thought he may have maried again in England after his service in World War II.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [28 October 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [28 October 2019]; Timaru Herald, 14 May 1919 (Papers Past) [15 May 2014]

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