James Vincent Cusack

June 21, 2015

CUSACK, James Vincent- – – – – SPC 1908-1913

DoB:– – c1898, Brisbane, QLD


Mother:– – Margaret Teresa

Vincent, as he was known at St Patrick’s was a boarder at the College. In 1911 he entered his woodwork chair, made in the sloyd class and won first prize at the Melbourne Agricultural Show. In 1913 Vincent sat the Junior Public examinations and gained complete passes in the following subjects: Algebra, Geometry, Arithmetic (Distinction), English, History, Geography and French.

Service No:– 3685

Rank:- – Private

Unit:– – 3rd Pioneer Battalion

Vincent Cusack enlisted at the age of 21 years, on 6 August 1917 in Sydney. He was a single man who lived at 27 Whaling Road, North Sydney. His occupation was Clerk. Vincent was five feet eight inches tall, with a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. After being transferred to Broadmeadows and undergoing training, he embarked from Melbourne on 21 November 1917 aboard the Nestor.

He disembarked at Suez on 15 December 1917, and on 9 January 1918 was transferred to Port Said. From Egypt he went via Italy to France and then on to Southampton where he disembarked on 2 February 1918. He marched in to the training battalion at Sutton Veny, which is near Salisbury Plain.

In April 1918, Private Cusack proceeded from England to France, where he remained on duty until 7 October. He was transferred back to Headquarters in London where he was prepared for his return to Australia aboard the Kildonian Castle.

After his discharge from the AIF on 30 May 1919, Vincent settled in Sydney and worked as a civil servant. He married Mary Ann Genge in 1934 when he was 36 years old.

Up until 1963 Mary and Vincent lived at 54 Wallangra Road, Bondi, after which time the College could no longer trace them. It is assumed that Vincent died and was buried in Sydney, NSW.