Vincent Kane

Sergeant Vincent Kane of Portadown, Co. Armagh served in the Royal Artillery and saw action at Dunkirk and in Normandy before dying in Northern Ireland in 1946.


Vincent Kane


Serjeant Vincent Kane (1455245) served in 8th Battery, 4th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery during the Second World War. He was the son of the late Peter Kane and Mrs. Kane of 1 Park Road, Portadown, Co. Armagh, and the husband of Maudie Kane of Laurencetown, Co. Down.

In civilian life, Vincent worked for Messrs. Spence Bryson in his hometown. Throughout the Second World War, he served in the Royal Artillery seeing action at Dunkirk and in Normandy.

Vincent Kane died on 18th March 1946 aged 30 years old. After returning from the Second World War, he had found employment with Harland and Wolff Shipyard Ltd. in Belfast. In a workplace accident, Vincent sustained fatal injuries, falling after receiving a blow to the head from metal piping. He underwent treatment at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

Bugler Albert Turkington sounded The Last Post as members of the Royal British Legion acted as pallbearers at the funeral service on 20th March 1946.

Canon G.W. Millington M.A. conducted the services at the house, church, and graveside, and in the church paid a striking tribute to deceased as being a good son, a kind husband, and a grand comrade. He could say of Vincent many things but these three were worthy of his life.

Vincent Kane’s grave is in Section M, Grave 337 of Seagoe Cemetery, Portadown, Co. Armagh. In 2018, his name was a new addition to the Portadown War Memorial, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

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