Vincent Law

Born the 1st of June 1897, Vincent Law was the son of Beryl Law of Gayndah in Queensland. At the time of his attestation on the 6th July 1918, Vincent had just celebrated his 21st Birthday and was working as a jockey in Gayndah. Trooper Law embarked on the ship SS Port Darwin in Sydney on the 14th September 1918 bound for the Suez in the Middle East. However, just days before disembarking in the Suez he was admitted to the hospital at sea with thrombosis. Trooper Law disembarked on the 19th October 1918 and within 11 days found that the war in the Middle East was over. However, he continued his service moving throughout the Middle East. Whilst in Kantara, Trooper Law was involved in a serious horse riding accident that saw him admitted to the 24th Stationary Hospital on the 11th May 1919. Initially listed as dangerously ill, his condition did improve and he was marched out to later rejoin his unit, the 32nd Company.

It was some time before Trooper Law embarked at Suez on the ship HT Burma on the 26th July 1919, homeward bound. Once he arrived, he was medically discharged on the 17th September 1919. Vincent never talked much to his family about his time in the AIF except when his son, Eric Law, followed in his footsteps and went to fight in Vietnam. His advice to Eric was simply, “Keep your head down, son”.

Archive Items For This Person

Cherbourg Cricket team 1938

Stanley Alberts, Adam Cobbo, Willy Bowen, Eddie Gilbert, Vincent Law, Fred Cobbo, Jack Daylight sr. (back row) Richard Campbell, Tommy Bowen, Leslie Bligh and Jack Daylight jr. (front row)   → View item

The Office and Post Office at Cherbourg c1970

The front and side verandas are closed in to cater for the extra clerical staff. A Post Office is established in a separate area of the building away from the main administration office. Prior to this mail was given out by Mr Vincent Law snr. who had a small office on the veranda   → View item

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