Casualty of WWII, Vincent was a Leading Aircraftman in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve ~ Service No: 1231372
He was 20 and the son of William Alfred and Lilian Cockman of Ilford, Essex, England.
At the back wall of the nearby Church of the Good Shepherd can be seen the Royal Air Force ensign. There is a plaque underneath reading:
This Royal Air Force ensign was presented to the City of Terrell by Her Majesty's Air Attache to the United States on the 1st June 1952 on behalf of the Royal Air Force.
Although this ensign is symbolic of the joint victories won in the air by the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force in WWII it nevertheless also represents a victory of friendship rather than of war. Her Majesty's Royal Air Force, through this ensign, acknowledges with the deepest gratitude, the kindness and hospitality so willingly given by the citizens of Terrell to the Royal Air Force pilots who were trained at No.1 British Flying Training School during the war.
1231372 L-A-C R.A.F. 'Fearless and gay, into God's arms he flew. He died in the supreme endeavour.'