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World War I: Private Fynn V.C., S.W. Borderers. Oil painting by Ugo Matania, 1916.

  • Matania, Ugo, 1888-1979.
Date
1916
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46014i
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Published with caption : "He could not bear to see the wounded left unattended"-- Officer's report
Published with caption : How Private Fynn of the South Wales Borderers won the Victoria cross

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James Henry Fynn (also called Finn) was a Cornishman who fought as a private in the 4th Battalion, The South Wales Borderers, British Army, during the First World War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for rescuing wounded men under heavy fire on 9 April 1916 at Sanna-i-Yat, Mesopotamia

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1916

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1 painting : oil on canvas (?) ; canvas (?) 38 x 30.3 cm

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Ugo 1916

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 46014i

Reproduction note

Reproduced in The sphere, vol. LXVII, no. 882, 16 December 1916, p. 99. Text above: '"He could not bear to see the wounded left unattended"-- Officer's report.' Text below: 'How Private Fynn of the South Wales Borderers won the Victoria cross. The very gallant conduct for which Private Fynn was awarded the V.C. is thus described by an officer of his regiment. "My first sight of him was when he was running across the open under heavy fire. Bullets were as thick as bees around an overturned hive. He crossed and recrossed with materials to dress the wounds of the men he went to assist." Subsequently Private Fynn carried in one of the wounded men, and afterwards returned with a comrade under very heavy fire from the enemy.'


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