IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

The visit of Commonwealth graves in Communals Cemeteries & Churchyards in Belgium & France

Gunner Michael Finnerty for his daughter Netta Lambie nee Finnerty

Gunner Michael Finnerty, 24811, 5th Divisional Artillery Column Royal Field Artillery.
He embarked for France on 19th August 1914, and took part in the Battle of Mons, fighting in the area of Elouges.
As far as I am aware, he was not seriously wounded during the war and returned home to England in 1919 or 20.
At the time of the Battle of Mons, he was with the 5th Divisional Artillery Column of the Royal Field Artillery.
It was told by a relative that he always said that he saw the “Angels of Mons.”
If he remained with the 5th Division, there is no doubt that he could have taken part in a great many significant battles.
The Division was involved in the Battles of Le Cateau, Marne, Aisne, La Bassee, Messines, Armentieres, Nonne Bosschen, High Wood, Guillemont,
Capture of Hill 60, Gravenstaffe, St. Julien, Vimy, 2nd Battle of Passendaele ...
His military service record is missing and presumed destroyed by fire by a bomb in the Second World War. Only his medal record card still survives.
He died in 1957 in Lancashire.

Michael sitting 2nd from right, with pals somewhere in France
Michael's Medal Card
Courtesy of The National Archives, Kew © Pierre Vandervelden - Belgium