PRIVATE THOMAS FLAWN'S GRAVE AND HEADSTONE IN PLUMSTEAD CEMETERY, SOUTH EAST LONDON, HAS BEEN CLEANED AND REFURBISHED.
14 September 2021

The impressive upright stone marker over the grave of Private Thomas Flawn VC, Connaught Rangers, in Plumstead Cemetery, South East London, had been neglected and discoloured over the years since his death on 19 January 1925.

The grave and headstone has now been cleaned and refurbished by local man Steve Davies bringing the marker back to its almost original condition.



Flawn's headstone:
before and after


For the award of the Victoria Cross.

[ London Gazette, 23 February 1880 ], Sekukuni's Town, Basuto War, 28 November 1879, Private Thomas Flawn, 94th Regiment ( Connaught Rangers ).

With Private Francis Fitzpatrick, 94th Regiment

In recognition of their gallant conduct during the attack on Sekukuniís Town on the 28 November 1879, in carrying out of action Lieutenant Dewar, 1st Dragoon Guards, when badly wounded.

At the time when he received his wound, Lieutenant Dewar had with him only Privates Flawn and Fitzpatrick, and six of the Native Contingent, and, being incapable of moving without assistance, the natives proceeded to carry him down the hill, when about thirty of the enemy appeared in pursuit about 40 yards in the rear, whereupon the men of the Native Contingent deserted Lieutenant Dewar, who must have been killed but for the devoted gallantry of Privates Flawn and Fitzpatrick, who carried him alternately, one covering the retreat and firing on the enemy.

Thomas Flawn was invested with his Victoria Cross by Lieutenant Colonel Philip Anstruther, at Lyndenburg, Transvaal, South Africa, on the 17th September 1880.

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Iain Stewart, 14 September 2021