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VINES War Dead

In the index of war dead kept by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission there are the names of 42 Vines who died as the consequences of war.
Many of these died in action in the terrible battles of the Great War 1914-1918. Four are recorded on the honour board in St Michael and All Angels church at Brinkworth, Wilts
  • Albert E W Vines 3-2-1920 from Brinkworth
  • Ernest Vines
  • Frank Vines 28-3-1918 from Weekes Farm Brinkworth
  • Sidney Vines 31-1-1916
Many of the other 42 were from other parts of England.

Some died at or under the sea, memorialised at Portsmouth: Robert Stanley Vines a descendant of Peter Vines (born 1724) son of Benjamin Vines of Vines Farm Grittenham. He perished with the crew of the submarine Tigris in the Mediterranean Sea 10th March 1943. 
Another descendant of Peter1724 Vines:
   "Reginald Kenneth Vines who died 20 January 1944 in Athens.  Ken was wounded in Leros Is. in the Dodecanese Islands Nov 1943 and died in Athens as a Prisoner of War and is buried in Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens. He served with the 1st Btn. King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster).  Ken was the eldest son of Reginald Vines of Newbridge, Monmouthshire, and was the 4x great grandson of Peter (b.1724)." Thanks to Lynn Davies, niece of Reginald Kenneth Vines.

For an account of the action on Leros see


Some in the air

  • P J Vines 30-5-1918
  • F H L Vines 6-3-1943
  • J H Vines 26-4-1945
Two, a man and a women, were civilians. Bomb victims?
  • R T Vines aged 77
  • D W Vines aged 48 at Bath. 
Thirteen Vines were enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during the Great War of 1914-1918. Three of these were sons of Ella Vines of Listowel, Ontario and descendants of Charles1722 Vines of Grittenham, Wilts. Frank, aged 21, did not return, died 30th May 1918. He is buried at Comely Bank, Edinburgh, Scotland.

The others were born in England except one from Queensland Aust. and all had next of kin in England, mostly Gloustershire. 

An Australian, John Thomas Vines, a Queenslander from Nanango, succumbed to sickness in a state of starvation and deprivation of proper care while a prisoner of war of the Japanese, working on the Thai-Burma railway, September 1943. He was interred in the THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY  in Burma.


   NAME                                       Date                Memorial or Grave

VINES AREL                               April 23, 1945                Manila, Phillipines

VINES CARL E         Missouri   June 6, 1944                  Normandy, France 

VINES CHARLIE JR  Alabama    December 16, 1944       Manila, Phillipines

VINES CLARENCE W  Illinois       April 8, 1945                  Netherlands 

VINES JOHN E        California    September 23, 1944      Manila, Phillipines

VINES THEODORE E  Arkansas    October 22, 1943          Carthage Tunisia N. Africa 

VINES WILLIE H      W Virginia   January 7, 1945            Epinal, France