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Edward Charles Vienet

Male 1894 - 1948  (53 years)



  • Name Edward Charles Vienet  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    • Early nickname "Dick"; later nickname "Teddy" - see war time newspaper records. [1]
    Known as "Teddy" 
    Birth 20 Jul 1894  Waurn Ponds, VIC Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 6
    • or born 30 Jul 1894 [4, 5]
    Residence Dec 1905 - 1908  Protestant Orphan Asylum, Geelong, VIC Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Occupation 1914  Blacksmith  [7
    Residence - Aug 1914  11 Brougham St, Richmond, VIC Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    Military Service 18 Aug 1914 - 22 Jun 1917  Armorer-Sergeant, 6th Battn, Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force  [7, 9
    • Mr E. Vienet, who was trained at the Geelong Protestant Orphanage, is accompanying the Australian expeditionary force as Armorer-Sergeant. On Saturday, Mr. J. E. Pittock [...] made a presentation on behalf of the committee, of a safety razor and a sportsman's combination knife to Mr. Vienet, and complimented him on the spirit that had actuated him in enlisting. He assured him that he had the best wishes of the committee, and they would follow his future career with the greatest interest. [Geelong Advertiser, 08 Sep 1914]
    • Unit embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A20 "Honorata" on 19 Oct 1914.
    • The 6th Battalion was among the first infantry units raised for the AIF during the First World War. Like the 5th, 7th and 8th Battalions, it was recruited from Victoria and, together with these battalions, formed the 2nd Brigade.
      The battalion was raised within a fortnight of the declaration of war in August 1914 and embarked just two months later. After a brief stop in Albany, Western Australia, the battalion proceeded to Egypt, arriving on 2 December. It later took part in the Anzac landing on 25 April 1915, as part of the second wave. Ten days after the landing, the 2nd Brigade was transferred from Anzac to Cape Helles to help in the attack on the village of Krithia. The attack captured little ground but cost the brigade almost a third of its strength. The Victorian battalions returned to Anzac to help defend the beachhead, and in August the 2nd Brigade fought at the battle of Lone Pine. The battalion served at Anzac until the evacuation in December. After the withdrawal from Gallipoli, it returned to Egypt.
      In March 1916, the battalion sailed for France and the Western Front. From then until 1918 it was heavily involved in operations against the German Army. The first major action in France was at Pozières in the Somme valley in July 1916. After Pozières the battalion fought near Ypres, in Flanders, returning to the Somme for winter. [Australian War Memorial accessed 17 May 2014]
      The 6th Battalion war diaries show that in Sep 1916 they were already in the front line trenches at Ypres. Teddy Vienet was wounded in action on 25 Sep 1916, suffering injuries to left thigh and arm. Two days later he was transferred to military hospital at Boulogne, then back to England for further treatment. He never returned to the battalion, and was discharged as permanently unfit on 22 Jun 1917.
    Edward Charles Vienet (1894-1948)
    Edward Charles Vienet (1894-1948)
    Enlistment form
    Edward Charles Vienet (1894-1948)
    Edward Charles Vienet (1894-1948)
    Particulars of service in WW1
    Edward Charles Vienet (1894-1948)
    Edward Charles Vienet (1894-1948)
    Letter to his mother, May 1916
    Decoration Apr 1917  Military Medal (MM)  [8, 10
    • At Pozieres, France, 18/19th August 1916. When advancing against the enemy trenches this N.C.O. went with 2/Lieut Rauert to a unit on our right which was in danger of losing touch with the line, owing to loss of officers and N.C.O.s. He displayed great gallantry and resourcefulness in collecting and re-organising the men, getting them to dig in, and connect up with 6th Battalion. He also attended to the removal of killed and wounded and greatly assisted his officer in a critical situation. [Commonwealth Gazette, no. 62, 19 Apr 1917]
    • Pozières, 18.8.16. At 2100 7th & 8th Bns made an effort to capture enemy trenches running S.E. from about R35 D46 at which point 7th Bn were to construct a strong point. Our battn had to connect up right of previous night's trench to this strong point. Task was allotted to C Coy who went out at 2100 with the usual covering party. Our bombing officer with squads was on right. He & the platoon commander then got to their posn., saw the the 7th go ahead, & then fall back. With the help of a Sgt. they collected left flank of 7th & brought it up & then by swinging our own flank slightly to the rear, through connection was made but slightly behind point aimed at. [War Diary, 6th Bn A.I.F., Aug 1916]
    • Sergeant E. C. (Teddy) Vienet, second son of Mrs. Bonney, of Ceres, via Geelong, and a nephew of Mrs. Fay, 11 Brougham-street, Richmond, with whom he resided for many years, has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery on the field of action. He is 22 years of age, and before enlisting was employed by Mr. E. Justins, blacksmith, of Richmond. He sailed with the first contingent, and went right through Gallipoli. He was wounded three times. His eldest brother, L. Vienet, died at Albany on the way to the war on November 23, 1916 [1915]. Another brother, H. Vienet, is now at the front. Sergeant Vienet left Richmond as a private. [Richmond Guardian, 30 Jun 1917]
    Marriage 13 Oct 1917  Aston Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 5
    Clare Louise Price,   b. 10 Sep 1889, Worcester Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Sep 1966, VIC, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1924  Engineer  [11
    Residence 1924  20 Maud St, Geelong, VIC Find all individuals with events at this location   [11
    • with Henry Alexander Vienet [brother], farmer.
    Death 19 Jun 1948  Ormond, VIC Find all individuals with events at this location   [4, 5
    Person ID I3543  Tatham | Heathcote branch | Descendant
    Last Modified 17 May 2014 

    Father Charles Edouard Vienet,   b. 04 May 1866, Concise, Vaud, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1905, Waurn Ponds, VIC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Georgina Ryniker,   b. 18 Jun 1868, Batesford, VIC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1923, Geelong Hospital, VIC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Marriage 09 Jun 1886  Riddells Creek, VIC Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 4, 6, 12, 13, 14
    • Married by Rev. John Meek, Wesleyan Minister, with the written consent of the guardian of the bridegroom [age 20] and the father of the bride [age 17, stated as 18].
    Charles Edward Vienet & Elizabeth Georgina Ryniker
    Charles Edward Vienet & Elizabeth Georgina Ryniker
    Marriage schedule
    Documents
    Vienet children
    Vienet children
    Application for admission to Geelong Protestant Orphan Asylum
    Histories
    Vienet family
    Vienet family
    Distressing circumstances after Charles Vienet's death 19 Sep 1905
    Geelong Protestant Orphanage
    Geelong Protestant Orphanage
    Picnics & Prizegivings, 1906-1915
    Family ID F1003  Family Group Sheet

    Family Clare Louise Price,   b. 10 Sep 1889, Worcester Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Sep 1966, VIC, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Marriage 13 Oct 1917  Aston Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 5
    Children 
    +1. Eric Edward Vienet,   b. 22 Jul 1918, Lewisham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1972, Elwood, VIC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    +2. Earle Montague Vienet,   b. 15 Oct 1920, Great Ocean Rd, Geelong, VIC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Dec 1971, Balwyn, VIC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
    +3. Lyle Oswald Vienet,   b. 13 Jun 1924, Great Ocean Rd, Geelong, VIC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Sep 2004, Tugun, QLD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 17 May 2014 
    Family ID F1904  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 20 Jul 1894 - Waurn Ponds, VIC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Dec 1905 - 1908 - Protestant Orphan Asylum, Geelong, VIC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Aug 1914 - 11 Brougham St, Richmond, VIC Link to Google Earth
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    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1924 - 20 Maud St, Geelong, VIC Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S03] Family Members, DID.

    2. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Aston, 4Q1917.

    3. [S07] Other Sources, Admission Application, 07 Dec 1905.
      Geelong Protestant Orphan Asylum

    4. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, Alison Williams.
      ancestry.com forum posting 28 Jul 2009

    5. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, Nadine Vienet.
      tree Vienet 20121207 on ancestry.com

    6. [S03] Family Members, GV.

    7. [S37] Army Lists & Records, Enlistment attestation.

    8. [S11] Newspaper, Richmond Guardian, 30 Jun 1917.

    9. [S37] Army Lists & Records, Particulars of Service, 30 Aug 1922.
      Ref R/58355/Records

    10. [S40] Official Journal, Commonwealth Gazette, 19 Apr 1917.
      no. 62

    11. [S25] Electoral Registers.

    12. [S36] Marriage Certificate, 09 Jun 1886.
      Charles Edward Vienet, 20, vinedreser, & Elizabeth Georgina Ryniker, 18, domestic servant

    13. [S22] IGI / BVRI, LDS member post 1991.

    14. [S03] Family Members, KTGA.