Drummer Thomas Flynn VC
Flynn VC, generally regarded to be the youngest ever recipient
of the Victoria Cross was born in Athlone in August 1842.
Independent were instrumental in bringing Flynns exploits
to public awareness and seeking that he be deservedly honoured
in his home town.
Flynn, who is buried in common ground at Cornamagh Cemetery,
received Britains highest decoration for bravery during
the Indian Mutiny on November 28, 1857.
Digest of Citation reads:
"On 28 November 1857 at Cawnpore, India, during a charge
on the enemy's guns, Drummer Flynn, although wounded himself,
engaged in a hand-to-hand encounter with two of the rebel artillerymen."
Flynn was just 15 years old and was a drummer with the 64th
Regiment, later the North Staffordshire Regiment. A memorial
to Drummer Flynn is on display at Whittington Barracks near
Lichfield, the headquarters of his regiment.
for his valiant efforts during a charge on the enemys
guns during the Indian Mutiny, Drummer Flynn and his commanding
officer, Lt. Havelock were awarded the Victoria Cross.
He returned to Athlone to live on a pension of £10 a year.
Within five years he was before the local court charged with
stealing and pawning a pair of boots, the property of Major
Denison, of the 64th Regiment. When he entered the Athlone Workhouse
at Northgate Street, his Victoria Cross pension was confiscated
by the Guardians, and he died in penury on 10 August 1892, aged
Finally, he received due recognition. In October 2008, a memorial
to Thomas Flynn VC, was unveiled at Cornamagh Cemetery, Athlone.
Pictured above at the unveiling ceremony are Patrick J Flynn (holding
the microphone), who led the campaign to honour Drummer Thomas Flynn
VC. Immediately to his left is Major Jim Massey, representing Drummer
Flynn's Staffordshire Regiment and Westmeath County Council chairman
Cllr Joe Whelan.
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