Fynn – Private James Henry (Finn)

24 November 1893 – 30 March 1917

James Finn was born in Truro, Cornwall and was one of 11 children. He moved to South Wales looking for work and became a miner at Cwmtillery Colliery near Abertillery. On the outbreak of war, he enlisted in the 4th Battalion South Wales Borderers where his surname was mistakenly listed as Fynn.

On 9th April 1916 at Sanna-i-Yat, Mesopotamia, following 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.

On 29 March 1917, James was mortally wounded in the leg during action and sadly died of his injuries the following day. He has no known grave but is mentioned on the headstone of the grave of his father and one of his sisters. His Victoria Cross is held by Bodmin Borough Council and replicas are displayed in the Town Hall, Bodmin.

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