8th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
06/09/1916 (Killed in Action)
Joseph Quinn was born in Drumglass, Co. Tyrone about 1883. Private Joseph Quinn served throughout the South African War with the Irish Fusiliers. By 1911 Joseph was living with wife Teresa and two sons at Washingford Row, Dungannon. Joseph was working at as Spinning Mill Labourer. He had almost completed his nine years in the reserve when war broke out. On 15th July 1916, Private Quinn rescued two officers under heavy fire, and single handed carried in four wounded soldiers to safety, requiring four separate journeys over a 200 yards stretch of No Manís Land. For his act of gallantry in the field, Joseph Quinn was apparently awarded the D.C.M. and was promoted to corporal. It seems it was actually the M.M. (Military Medal). Corporal Joseph Quinn was serving with the 8th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action at the Somme in 6th September 1916. He was 33 years old. The Dungannon War Memorial records him as a Lance Corporal with a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM). It seems this is incorrect.
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July. The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,337 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave. It is near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Thiepval has been described as "the greatest executed British work of monumental architecture of the twentieth century"