AVIS, Victor

No.139522, Private, Victor Albert AVIS
Aged 21

3rd Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry).
formerly #12414, Suffolk Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Monday 28th October 1918

Victor Albert Avis was born in Saxon Street in 1897 (recorded as Albert Victor AVIS in Newmarket Q3-1897 3B:496), the son of Walter and Alice AVIS (née SMITH ). He was baptised on 29th August 1897 in Woodditton as Albert Victor AVIS, living at Saxon Street.

1901 census...Aged 5,( he was only 3) he was in Saxon Street with his father Walter AVIS [36] stone mason born Newmarket, his mother Alice [35] born Woodditton; brothers Thomas W [16], George W [14] and Walter [13] and Frank [13], sister Nancy [11], brothers Jack [10] and Harry [1]. All the children are recorded as born in Woodditton.

1911 census... Aged 13, he was in Saxon Street with his parents, brother Walter (jun) ( a groom), brother Harry and sister Nellie [8] born Saxon Street. His father was recorded as born in Burwell and mother and siblings were born in Saxon Street.

After his death his parents address was given as 11, Vinery Road, Romsey Town, Cambridge.

He enlisted in Newmarket.

The 3rd Machine Gun Battalion was formed on the 1st of March 1918 from the MG companies of the 3rd Division. They were in action on The Somme, in the battles of the Lys, of the Hindenburg Line and the Selle.
As the Machine Gun personnel was attached to various regiments and battalions it has so far proved impossible to find where Victor may have been wounded. In addition it cannot, in the absence of his service records, even be established when he was wounded. However he died only five days after the capture of Romeries.

photo Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Victor Avis is buried in Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension, grave 1:F:5

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