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VC695   James Henry Fynn

BORN   24 November 1893

DIED   30 March 1917   AGE   23

VC Won   9 April 1916   AGE   22

Place VC Won   Sanna-I-Yat, Mesopotamia, now Iraq

War/Campaign   First World War 1916

Name   James Henry Fynn   No.   1/11220   POSTHUMOUS

VC Issue No.   695   Awards   VC   

Regiment   South Wales Borderers, 4th Battalion, C Company

Later   Royal Regiment of Wales

Now   2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Wales - disbanded July 2012

Rank VC Won   Private

Rank End Of Career   Private

Place Of Birth   St Clements Parish, Truro, Cornwall, England

Place Of Death   In a field ambulance about 50 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq

Buried/Location Ashes   Location unknown, buried near to the field ambulance (grave marked but later lost), Iraq


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone      Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   26 September 1916

VC Presented   2 June 1917 by King George V at Hyde Park, London, England to his father, Frederick John


Named on Basra Memorial (panel 16 & 32), 40 miles north of Kuwait border, Iraq

P  Named on wooden panel & named in Roll of Honour in the Havard Chapel at Brecon Cathedral, Powys, Wales

P  Named on war memorial, outside library, Bodmin, Cornwall

P  Named on War Memorial, Priory Park, Bodmin, Cornwall

P  Finn VC Estate, Bodmin, Cornwall (13 November 1966)

P  Information Board, Finn VC Estate, Bodmin, Cornwall

P  Name on Abertillery War Memorial, Abertillery, Gwent

Name on screen, St Micheals Church, Abertillery, Gwent          

P  Victoria Cross honours board, The Royal Welsh Museum, The Barracks, Brecon, Powys

P  Named on Fathers Grave, Cross Lane, Old Bodmin Cemetery, Bodmin, Cornwall

By The Way…

When he joined the army, they spelt his name, FYNN

VC Held By

Bodmin Borough Council, Bodmin Town Hall, Cornwall, England



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The First World War

Thank you to David Kinnair, Bodmin Town Council for photos of James Finns Fathers grave

  Thank you to David Kinnair and Hannah Stevens, Bodmin Town Council for allowing us to photograph the Victoria Cross

Thank you to Simon & Charlotte Higson for photos of Bodmin War Memorial in Priory Park