Sheffield Blitz

The history and commemoration of the Second World War air raids on Sheffield

Brave Boy Scout Flinn


Blitz Boy Scout John Flinn as featured in the Sheffield Blitz gallery, National Emergency Services Museum, West Bar, Sheffield

Does anyone know the family of brave Sheffield scout John Flinn? He was on duty through out the night of the Sheffield Blitz on 12th December 1940, famously wearing a pan on his head for protection. He was awarded for his bravery by the Scouts.

“The lack of a tin helmet didn’t keep16-year-old boy scout John Flinn indoors when the Sheffield Blitz began. He ran to his local warden post with a saucepan on his head.

John was one of the first on the scene. He worked all night to douse incendiary bombs, deal with a fractured gas main and rescue an injured woman from falling bomb shrapnel. He commandeered a grocer’s barrow and pushed her to the warden post.

When John dashed home during a lull in the bombing to reassure his parents, he arrived just in time to put out a fire. He then returned to his post.

John was awarded the Boy Scout Gilt Cross for Gallantry. He was one of thousands of boy scouts who volunteered as messengers, fire watchers and ambulance bearers during bombing raids.”

We would like to trace any family members to find out more about him and his Blitz actions.

You can read the Sheffield Star account of Boy Scout Blitz action.

Please contact us if you have any information.



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