This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment: 08.12.1915
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 24012
- Rank: Private
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers
- Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death: 25
- Date of Death: 30.07.1916
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Pier & Face 3C
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: 52 Dallfield Walk, Dundee
- Occupation: Jute Mill Overseer
Jessie Smollett Flynn, 52 Dallfield Walk, Dundee
Peter, Robert, Catherine & Isabella
More about John Flynn
John has no known grave but is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.
John Flynn 24012 Royal Scottish Fusiliers
FLYNN___Pte John Flynn, R.S.F., presumed killed. He was a son of Mrs Flynn, 52 Dallfield Walk, Dundee.
Dundee People’s Journal 26th May 1917
24012 (Prev 23015) Pte John Flynn 2nd Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers
John enlisted at Dundee on 8th December 1915 at the age of 25 years where he had previously been employed as an Assistant Overseer in a Jute Spinning mill and he was living at the family home in 52 Dallfield Walk Lochee. He had 2 older brothers, Peter and Robert and 2 older sisters, Catherine and Isabella both Married.
He initially registered for enlistment to Kings Own Scottish Borderers in December 1915 presumably under the Derby scheme as he was mobilised to the KOSB Depot on 1 March 1916 and later was transferred to Royal Scots Fusiliers on 10 June1916. Following his training he embarked for the BEF landing in France on 14 June 1916 from where he was posted to 2nd Bn RSF in the field. His war service was however tragically short as he was reported missing and later presumed to have been killed in action on 30 July 1916
The action involving 2nd RSF on 30 July 1916 was the famous attack on Guillemont by 90 Bde of 30th Division of which 2 RSF were a part. The Bn successfully took the village but having suffered very heavy casualties in the attack and subsequent defence against German counter attacks they were obliged to fall back and the village was not retaken until a third attack on 8 August. John was amongst the casualties of that day being initially reported missing but later presumed to have been KIA. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell and Jim Flood.
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