Your article: Father William Finn was first Catholic chaplain to be killed in WW1

V beach
V beach

Following on from my introductory article on Market Weighton War Memorial, I am now going to write further pieces on the stories behind some of the men named on it.

All the names are, or were, dear to someone and all gave their lives for their country but not all of their stories are easy to uncover. One of those whose is is Rev William Joseph Finn.

Father William Finn volunteered to serve as a military chaplain and was the first Catholic chaplain to be killed in the First World War, when he fell in action during the Gallipoli landings of April 1915.

He came from Hull and prior to the war had served as chaplain at Houghton Hall, Sancton and was parish priest at Market Weighton.

After enlistment, he was attached to the first battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, joining them on their return to England from Madras, India. They sailed from England on St Patrick’s Day 1915 to join the rest of the 29th Division who were to be part of a landing force at Gallipoli in the Dardanelles. Their particular responsibility was V beach at the southern tip of the Dardenelles peninsula, at a place called Cape Helles.

Read Steve’s full article in next week’s (26 June) Pocklington Post.