Person    | Male  Born 1887  Died 3/5/1915

Private John Lynn, VC

Categories: Armed Forces

Countries: Belgium

Soldier. Born in Forest Hill, London. On 2nd May, 1915 near Ypres, the enemy was advancing behind a wave of poison gas. In spite of being almost overcome by the fumes, he turned his machine-gun against them, and when they became obscured, he moved to higher ground so that he could fire more effectively. This eventually checked any further advance, and the courage displayed by him, boosted the morale of his comrades. He died the next day from the effects of the gas, and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross medal.

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Private John Lynn, VC

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Private John Lynn VC

The plaque is on the ground near the Lewisham war memorial.

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