SerjeantFINLAY, DAVID

Service Number 1780

Died 21/01/1916

Aged 23

2nd Bn.
Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

V C

Husband of Mrs. F. Finlay (now Mrs. Wilson), of The Anchorage, St. Abb's, Coldingham, Berwickshire.

Citation

An extract from the "London Gazette", dated 29th June, 1915, records the following

"For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on 9th May, 1915, near Rue du Bois, when he led a bombing party of twelve men with the greatest gallantry in the attack until ten of them had fallen. Lance-Corporal Finlay then ordered the two survivors to crawl back, and he himself went to the assistance of a wounded man and carried him over a distance of 100 yards of fire-swept ground into cover, quite regardless of his own personal safety."

Commemorated at BASRA MEMORIAL

Location: Iraq
Number of casualties: 40640

Cemetery/memorial reference: Panel 25 and 63.

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Memorial details

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.