Biography

Birth date: 11 December 1893
Birth place: Chile
Death date: 21 April 1927
Death place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Final rank: Lieutenant
Service number: 569 - First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • 13th Australian Light Horse Regiment

Vincent Harry Thornton was born at Chile, South America in 1897, though his family lived in England. He moved to Australia in 1912 when he was 16 years old to be an agriculture student. He worked as a farmer in the Rochester area of Victoria enlisting on the 2 February 1915 by putting up his age to 21. On enlistment he was assigned to the light horse. Thornton embarked with the 13th Light Horse Regiment aboard HMAT Persic on 28 May 1915. He served in Alexandria until July 1916 where he was transferred to the 1st ANZAC Light Horse Regiment. As part of this unit he served in France until January 1918 when he was selected for training as a pilot in the Australian Flying Corps. He graduated as a lieutenant in July 1918 and joined 4 Squadron, AFC. He returned to Australia in on 23 September 1919 per HMAT Ascanius and continued flying after the war. Vincent Thornton was killed when his DH 9 collided with another DH 9 during an air show as a part of the visit of the Duke and Duchess of York in Melbourne, 21 April 1927.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 28 May 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Collection Items

Private Record

Thornton, Vincent Harry (Private, b.1893 - d.1927)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 569 Lieutenant Vincent Harry Thornton, 13 Light Horse Regiment. Collection consists of part of letter written in April 1916 describing the evacuation of Gallipoli. Thornton was later promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to No 4 Squadron... Maker:

2DRL/0842 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Typed extract from letter of Vincent Harry Thornton, 1916

Typed extract from a letter written by 569 Private (later Lieutenant) Vincent Harry Thornton, 13th Light Horse Regiment. The letter is dated 18 April 1916, and describes the evacuation from Gallipoli.

RCDIG0000255

Timeline

Date of birth 1893-12-11
Date of embarkation 1915-05-28
Date of death 1927-04-21