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Vincent William Thomas (V.W.T.) Scully

Street: 17 Doncliffe Drive
Town/Village: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Civil Parish: Shrule
Catholic Parish: Shrule
Alternative Address: Ballymahon, Co Longford; New Ross, Co. Wexford; 19 Brooke Rd, Bootle, UK; Letchworth, Herts; Canada.
Census 1901: Resident in Ballymahon
Census 1911: Resident in New Ross, Co. Wexford
Regiment/Unit: Royal Irish Constabulary; [London Regiment (Artists Rifles), 28th Battalion]
Regiment Number: 22172; [unknown]
Date of Death: 07-06-1980
Cause: Unknown

Vincent was born 9 Jan 1900 in Ballymahon. He was the eldest surviving son of James was a District Inspector of the RIC originally from Co. Limerick and Katherine, from Co. Kilkenny. By 1911 the family had moved to New Ross, Co. Wexford.

During WW1 he served in the 28th London Regiment (Artists Rifles), and after the war served with the RIC from 1919 to 8 May 1922, serving mainly in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin were he rose to the rank of 2nd Class District Inspector.

Vincent emigrated to Canada in 1922, ostensibly to become a farmer, however he later worked as a chartered accountant with the firm of Clarkson, Gordon, Dilworth and Nash. He married Sylvia Grier in Niagara on the 17 Jun 1930. He eventually became treasurer of War Supplies Ltd. a state company to purchase arms from Britain. In Nov 1942 he became president of the company; a Great Lakes bulk carrier, the V.W. Scully was named after him.

Vincent was granted the Civilian award of Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St George in 1946. In January of that year, Vincent became Deputy Minister for Reconstruction under Clarence Decatur Howe, up to 1948 and later with the Department of National Revenue up to 1951. After retiring from public service, he joined the Steel Company, eventually becoming its President. 

Vincent died in Toronto c. 7 Jun 1980.

Parents Names: Son of James Scully and Katherine (née Monaghan).
Notes: Vincent was born and raised a Roman Catholic, but stated he was Church of England on marriage; he likely converted around this time. The Royal Irish Constabulary Forum (link below), has significant research undertaken on Vincent.

Link to Civil Record of Birth; The Royal Irish Constabulary Forum (with photo); RIC Pension Paymet Record (Ancestry, paid site); The Ottawa Journal, 14 Nov 1942; notice of death, The Daily Herald Tribune (may be behind paywall)

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