FINN, Patrick P

Service:
Army
Rank:
Lance-Corporal; Sergeant; Company Sergeant Major
Unit:
1/6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry
Place Enlisted:
Unknown
Service Number:
250449
Home Address:
Barnard Castle, Wandless's Yard
Family Details:

Son of Patrick and Kate Finn of Bridgegate. His older brother John was also killed in action. 

Date of Birth:
Unknown
Place of Birth:
Teesdale
Death:
Unknown
Place of Death
Unknown
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Burial:
La Ville-aux-Bois British Cemetery
Obituary:
Unknown
Notes:

He won the first award of the Military Medal at Waincourt Ridge where his actions helped enable 250  prisoners to be taken. The medal was presented by Major Heslop, No 2 i/c the 6th D.L.I., in a packed Witham Hall in January 1918. The audience gave a prolonged standing ovation. The next day as Patrick was departing for London a group of friends gave him a gift of £5. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal when he took command of his company at the Battle of Lys in April 1918 and led his men under heavy shellfire and holding positions in the facen of overwhelminig numbers. 

Teesdale Mercury 08.11.1916 - Page 5: Column 1

Lance-Corp P Finn and Private J Finn (brothers), of Barnard Castle, wounded

Teesdale Mercury-19/12/1917: Local and other notes: Awarded Military Medal

Teesdale Mercury-09/01/1918: Local and other notes: On leave from front

Teesdale Mercury-23/01/1918: Local and other notes: Left Barnard Castle for London

Teesdale Mercury-23/01/1918: News Item: Military Medal Presented

http://teesdalemercuryarchive.org/pdf/1918/September-11/September-11-1918-03.pdf

Teesdale Mercury 23.09.1918 - Page 5: Column 1

Private W J Peacock, Sgt Pat Finn - returned to France - received £5 from friends for heroism

Teesdale Mercury 23.09.1918 - Page 5: Column 2

Sgt P Finn, 6th Battalion (DLI), awarded Military Medal.  Ceremony in Witham Hall

Teesdale Mercury 11.09.1918 Page 3: Column 3

Sergeant P Finn, Military Medal, of Barnard Castle - receives the Distinguished Condict Medal

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