Biography

Birth date: 1886
Birth place: United Kingdom: Channel Islands
Death date: 08 February 1943
Death place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Concord
Final rank: Craftsman
Service number: 330 - First World War, 1914-1918
NX9819 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 2/1 Independent Armoured Regiment Ordnance Workshop
  • 4th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 2/6 Armoured Regiment

Apcar Leslie De Vine was born in the Saint Helier parish of the island of Jersey on 22 April 1886. In 1909 he married Edith Lepine Gray in England. Prior to the First World War he served with the Royal Sussex Regiment of the British Army and was an electrical engineer by trade. He immigrated to Australia before the war. He enlisted at Randwick, New South Wales on 19 August 1914 and was assigned to the 4th Infantry Battalion. De Vine departed Sydney aboard HMAT Euripides on 20 October 1914.

De Vine served at Gallipoli and the Western Front with the 4th Battalion and was wounded several times during the conflict. During this period he was promoted through the ranks to corporal (1916), lance sergeant (1917), and finally sergeant (1918). Having served with the 4th Infantry Battalion for the duration of his service, De Vine returned to Australia on 16 June 1919.

De Vine later served with the Australian Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in the Second World War as NX9819 Craftsman Leslie De Vine. On 8 February 1943, and whilst a member of the 2/6th Armoured Regiment, Apcar Devine died due to illness and is buried at Sydney War Cemetery, Australia.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Craftsman
  • Date of Death: 08 February 1943
  • Unit: 2/1 Independent Armoured Regiment Ordnance Workshop

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Collection Items

Digitised Collection

Diary of Apcar Leslie De Vine, 1915

Diary relating to the First World War service of 330 Sergeant Apcar Leslie De Vine, 4th Infantry Battalion. This diary spans the period from 1 January 1915 - 6 August 1915. It covers De Vine's time in Egypt, the period before the Landing at Gallipoli, and the time spent on Gallipoli. De Vine...

RCDIG0000330

Diary of Apcar Leslie De Vine, 6 August 1915 - 17 May 1916

Diary relating to the First World War service of 330 Sergeant Apcar Leslie De Vine, 4th Infantry Battalion. This diary spans the period from 6 August 1915 - 17 May 1916. In this diary, De Vine describes his time on Gallipoli, the evacuation, and the transfer of 4th Battalion to France. De Vine...

RCDIG0000331

Diary of Apcar Leslie De Vine, 25 May - 31 December 1916

Diary relating to the First World War service of 330 Sergeant Apcar Leslie De Vine, 4th Infantry Battalion. This diary spans the period from 25 May 1916 - 31 December 1916. It opens with De Vine returning from leave in England to France, and ends with the comment, "I have not been wounded since we...

RCDIG0000332

Diary of Apcar Leslie De Vine, 1 January 1917 - 31 July 1918

Diary relating to the First World War service of 330 Sergeant Apcar Leslie De Vine, 4th Infantry Battalion. This diary spans the period from 1 Janury 1917 - 31 July 1918 It opens with De Vine being wounded by a shell burst, and closes with De Vine attending Musketry School at Lumbres. Throughout...

RCDIG0000333

Diary of Apcar Leslie De Vine, 18 August 1918 - 17 April 1919

Diary relating to the First World War service of 330 Sergeant Apcar Leslie De Vine, 4th Infantry Battalion. This diary spans the period from 18 August 1918 - 17 April 1919. During this period, De Vine returned from the School of Musketry to his battalion at Corbie to join the advance, but was shot...

RCDIG0000334

Handwritten transcript of diaries of Apcar Leslie De Vine, 1 January 1915 - 6 October 1918

Handwritten transcript of five separate original diaries of 330 Sergeant Apcar Leslie De Vine, 4 Battalion. This transcript covers 1 January 1915 to 6 October 1918 and was made by De Vine in 1927. It provides an account of Sergeant De Vine's almost five year service history; figured by De Vine at...

RCDIG0000335

Private Record

De Vine, Apcar Leslie (Sergeant, d: 1943)

Collection relating to service of 330 Sergeant Apcar Leslie De Vine, 4 Battalion, A Company, Egypt, Gallipoli and France, 1915-1919. Collection includes original diaries and a holograph transcription with additions in De Vine's hand. Holograph copy made by De Vine, 1927 for transfer to the... Maker: De Vine, Apcar Leslie

1DRL/0240 (With records)

Timeline

Date of birth 1886
Date of embarkation 1914-10-20
Date of death 1943-02-08