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James Edward LYNCH

Regimental number909
Place of birthFootscray, Melbourne, Victoria
Other NamesLynch, JE
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressGold Street, Brunswick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 6.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, Michael Lynch, Gold Street, Brunswick, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date27 March 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 19 October 1918
Date of death6 May 1921
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Garden of Remembrance, Victoria.
Discharge date29 June 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1920 Pte Ernest LYNCH, 24th Bn, returned to Australia, 21 May 1916; 3408A Pte Joseph LYNCH, 38th Bn, returned to Australia, 3 May 1919; 219 Pte Michael LYNCH, 60th Bn, killed in action, 19 July 1916;
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 30 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, Egypt, 10 January 1916.

Found guilty, 9 March 1916, of being absent without leave from 1330 hours, until 1800 hours: awarded 7 days' confined to barracks.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 March 1916.

Transferred to Trench Mortar Battery, 3 May 1916; taken on strength of Y 2/A Trench Mortar Battery, 16 May 1916.

Found guilty, 9 December 1916, of being absent without leave from 0900 hours, 8 December 1916, until 0900 hours, 9 December 1916: award, fined 7 days' pay and forfeits 2 days' pay by Royal Warrant.

On leave, 13 April 1917; rejoined unit, 1 May 1917.

Detached to 1st Anzac Trench Mortar School for instruction, 5 June 1917; rejoined unit, 16 June 1917.

Admitted to No 10 Australian Field Ambulance, 28 September 1917 (inflammation of connective tissues, neck); transferred to No 46 Casualty Clearing Station, 30 September 1917; to No 24 Ambulance Train, 1 October 1917; to No 12 General Hospital, Rouen, 2 October 1918 (abscess, neck); to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 13 October 1917; discharged, 15 October 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Le Havre, 16 October 1917.

Proceeded to 2nd Division Australian Field Artillery, 27 October 1917; transferred to, and taken on strength of 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, 29 October 1917.

Transferred to 5th Australian Field Artillery Bde, 27 November 1917, and taken on strength of 14th Battery, the same day.

Admitted to No 103 Field Ambulance, 5 April 1918, and transferred to No 33 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (influenza); to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Boulogne, 6 April 1918; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, 9 April 1918; discharged to Base Details, 10 April 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Le Havre, 13 April 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 26 April 1918; taken on strength of 2nd Australian Divisional Artillery Column, 6 May 1918.

Transferred to 5th Field Artillery Bde, 13 May 1918, and taken on strength of 14th Battery the same day.

Wounded in action, 30 May 1918; admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 30 May 1918 (shrapnel wound, face); transferred to No 20 Casualty Clearing Station, 30 May 1918; discharged to duty, 3 June 1918.

Proceeded to unit from Australian General Base Depot, 6 May 1918.

Admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 7 June 1918, and transferred to No 20 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (disordered action of the heart); to No 29 Ambulance Train, 9 June 1918; to No 16 United States General Hospital, Le Treport, 9 June 1918; to Australian Convalescent Depot, Le Havre, 14 June 1918; discharged and marched into Australian General Base Depot, 2 July 1918.

Found guilty, 1 July 1918, of (1) while on active service, being in town without a pass; (2) absent without leave from 2145 hours, until 2220 hours, 28 June 1918: award, forfeits 16 days' pay.

Found guilty, 6 July 1918, of (1) being in town without a pass; (2) being absent without leave from 2145 hours, 4 July 1918, until apprehended by Military Police at 2330 hours, 4 July 1918; (3) being out of bounds; (4) violently resisting arrest: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 1.

Diagnosed with valvular disease of the heart, 22 July 1918.

Classified B3, 15 August 1918, and transferred to England the same day; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 16 August 1918.

Commenced return to Australian on board HT 'Sardinia', 19 October 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 27 December 1918.

Admitted to No 16 Australian General Hospital, 13 January 1919 (shell shock and disordered action of heart).

Discharged Melbourne, 29 June 1919 (medically unfit).

Died, No 11 Australian General Hospital, 6 May 1921 (valvular disease of the heart, pulmonary embolism, and heart failure).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LYNCH James Edward

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