Patrick Joseph LYNCH

Regimental number915
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPostal sorter
Address2 Bartlett Street, Summer Hill
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Patrick Lynch, 2 Bartlett Street, Summer Hill
Enlistment date23 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, C Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (altered from Distinguished Conduct Medal)

'Work near Zonnebeke on 9 October 1917.'
Recommendation date: 14 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 14 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'During the attack east of ZONNEBEKE on 9th October, 1917, this N.C.O. was with his Company which was sent forward to reinforce the front line. He was detailed to take charge of a patrol and moving forward under intense enemy shelling and sniping fire succeeded in gaining and bringing back valuable information regarding the position of the front line and the lack of supports on the flank. During attack on DAISY WOOD he moved his party through very exposed ground to the newly established position on the far side, and under increasingly heavy shelling and rifle fire, was continuously exposed over open and exposed ground for 8 hours hours, keeping touch with troops on his right. His splendid disregard for personal safety set a fine example to the members of his patrol and was responsible for the success of the important duty allotted to him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death12 August 1966