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  • Name: James Henry FYNN
  • D.O.B: 24th November, 1893
  • D.O.A: 9th April, 1916
  • D.O.D: 30th March, 1917
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 4th Battalion The South Wales Borderers

Sanna-i-Yat, Mesopotamia 9 April 1916

9 April 1916

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The First World War Mesopotamia 1915-1918 

Following the failure of the first assault on Sanna-i-Yat on 6 April 1916, the British advanced their front line and in the early morning of 9 April launched a second assault on the Turkish positions there. In the dark the British advance became disorganized and, though for a time parts of the Turkish front line were captured, the British were pushed back, eventually consolidating a line four hundred yards short of the Turkish trenches. Many British troops finding themselves in exposed positions dug trenches for better cover.

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 whilst performing this gallant work. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 26 September 1916. 26 September 1916, Numb. 29765, p. 9418

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