Sunday 24 February 2013

Sergeant Harold Thomas Flynn

Born on 5 April 1897 in Maniwaki, Quebec - son of Henry Thomas and Bridget O'Connon Flynn, Maniwaki, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as clerk, single, currently serving with the 43rd Regiment (since 19 January 1915), no previous military service, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 4 inches, chest of 37 inches fully expanded, swarthy complexion, brown eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 22 February 1915 (number 410950) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 18 November 1916 - died of his wounds on 19 November 1916 - buried in Albert Communal Cemetery Extension (grave I.Q.13), France.

Recommended for an unnamed decoration on 21 November 1916: "In attack on Desire Trench Nov. 18/16, he led a party to dig out a M.G. crew who had been buried.  He established communication with our captured position.  Later he volunteered to deliver a message to our front line and when returning was mortally wounded."

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117)

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