Studio portrait of 3565 Sergeant (Sgt) Francis Viney DCM, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade. Sgt Viney ...

Accession Number P05675.002
Collection type Photograph
Object type Colour - Digital file TIFF
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1917
Conflict South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Studio portrait of 3565 Sergeant (Sgt) Francis Viney DCM, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade. Sgt Viney was awarded the DCM for an act of bravery on 3 December 1917. "Whilst under enemy artillery fire he carried several boxes of smouldering artillery shells from his gun's position to a distant shell hole, allowing it to continue to fire and inspiring his men. He also received a recommendation "For general good service and devotion to duty and for his personal disregard of danger" on 30 September 1917 although there is no evidence an award resulted. Sgt Viney had previous service in the British Army with the 2nd Battalion, The Dorchester Regiment, including service in South Africa during the Boer War where he received both the Queen's South Africa Medal and the King's South Africa Medal.