Born: 1896, Leytonstone, Essex.
Died: 20th September 1917; age: 19; KiA at Shrewsbury Forest, Ypres-Menin Road battle.
Previously reported wounded and missing on the 20th September 1917. On the 9th April 1918, he was officially reported killed, as somebody stated to have seen him lying on the ground.
Enlisted from straight from school as a Private in the 18th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (Public Schools), in which he served in France during the winter and spring of 1915-1916.
Date of Entry Therein: 14th November 1915 – France.
Rank: Second Lieutenant.
Regiment: The Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 10th Battalion.
Formerly Private, 6671 of the Royal Fusiliers.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Gazetted November 1916 to a commission in the 10th Battalion, Royal West Surreys.
Panel 14 to 17 & 162 to 162A.
1901 14, Queen’s Road, Leyton, Essex.
Vincent was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Alfred Thomas Field, 36, a Stationer – employer, born Hackney, London.
Agnes Caroline Field (nee Latilla) , 29, born Islington, London.
Audrey Field, 7, born Highbury, London.
Doris Field, 5, born Walthamstowe, Essex.
Roy Hammersley Field, 2, born Leytonstone.
1 general domestic servant.
1911 Aston, Foxley Lane, Purley, Surrey.
Vincent was 14 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Alfred, 45, a Stationer – employer.
1 domestic help.
1 general servant.
Vincent attended Ipswich School – entered 1912. Vincent was of a quiet disposition he was specially popular both in the School and in the House, and gained 1st XI. colours, both for football & cricket.
Photograph of Roy courtesy of Brighton College http://www.brightoncollegeremembers.com/roll-of-honour/1847
Vincent’s brother, Roy Hammersley Field also lost his life during the First World War, after he was dangerously wounded on the 28th June 1918 – gun shot wound to his left side penetrating abdomen. He died the following day from his wounds at 29 Casualty Clearing Station. Ranked a Private for the London Regiment, Artists Rifles, 28th Battalion. He was laid to rest at Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, France. Roy was 19 years old and had attended Brighton College.
Vincent’s medals were sent to his family at their home – 13, Wedderburn Road, London.
Vincent is remembered on Ipswich School’s WW1 Memorial.