Finch, Henry Frank

Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
Senior A.R.P. Post Warden, Finsbury (Senior A.R.P. Post Warden, Finsbury)
Awarded on:
May 9th, 1941
Action:
Citation:
"H.E. bombs, demolished houses and the basements were flooded with water from a damaged main.
Wardens Finch and Mead waded in and were successful in getting several people to safety.
The water was rising fast but Mr. Finch continued his work and carried an elderly lady to a window where she was raised .to the pavement by helpers on the footway.
He then returned through the rising water, which by this tune was up to his chest, and although hampered by floating debris, he rescued an elderly man. Finch again returned to search for further victims but without success. He showed great courage and powers of endurance and, with the help of Warden Mead, saved many lives. Both men showed complete disregard of their own safety."
Details:
Awarded posthumously.
LG 35258/5000.
George Medal

Sources

  • - Supplement to The London Gazette of 26th August 1941, Issue 35258, dated 29th August 1941