Private James Fynn

Born: 24/11/1893

Died: 30/03/1917

Unit: 4th (Service) Battalion, South Wales Borderers

Location of VC action: Saanai-I-Yat, Mesopotamia

Date of VC action: 09/04/1916

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery. After a night attack he was one of a small party which dug-in in front of our advanced line and about 300 yards from the enemy’s trenches. Seeing several wounded men lying out in front he went out and bandaged them all under heavy fire, making several journeys in order to do so. He then went back to our advanced trench for a stretcher and, being unable to get one, he himself carried on his back a badly wounded man into safety. He then returned and, aided by another man who was wounded during the act, carried in another badly wounded man. He was under continuous fire while performing this gallant work.

Private Fynn was wounded in the leg in an engagement at Marl Plain, 50 miles north of Baghdad. He was taken by stretcher to the field ambulance the next day, but on the way, he was struck in the side by another bullet, which proved fatal. Private Fynn is commemorated on the Basra Memorial. His VC, other medals and assorted items associated with him were presented to the town of Bodmin – the town where he grew up – in 1954.

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