GLYNN, Harry

Service Number: 3517
Enlisted: 12 August 1915, Enlisted at Sydney, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 55th Infantry Battalion
Born: Grenfell, New South Wales, Australia, 21 February 1893
Home Town: Erskineville, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Tram Conductor
Died: Shell wounds to both legs followed by shock, Queens Hospital, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom, 10 August 1916, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Birmingham (Lodge Hill) Cemetery, Warwickshire, England
Screen Wall, Row B10, Grave 485, Lodge Hill Cemetery, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grenfell Great War Memorial, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

12 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3517, 17th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Sydney, NSW
20 Dec 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3517, 17th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
20 Dec 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3517, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Sydney
20 Apr 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 55th Infantry Battalion, Transferred from the 17th Battalion
20 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3517, 55th Infantry Battalion, Severe shell wounds to both legs. Invalided to England on board HS Jane Brey on the 22nd July 1916
10 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3517, 55th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Next of kin given as his brother John Glynn of 29 Munny Street, Newtown, NSW

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 10th August…… Grenfell Harry Glynn was born at Grenfell, New South Wales, Australia in 1893. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 12th August, 1915 as “Harry Glynn” & was a 22 year old, single, Tram Conductor from Newtown, Sydney, NSW.

Private Harry Glynn embarked from Sydney, New South Wales on HMAT Aeneas (A60) on 20th December, 1915 with the 17th Infantry Battalion, 8th Reinforcements.

Private Glynn was admitted to No. 1 Australian General Hospital at Abbassia on 10th February, 1916 & discharged to duty on 16th March, 1916. He joined Battalion Details at Tel-el-Kebir on 19th April, 1916.
Private Glynn was transferred to 55th Battalion on 20th April, 1916 at Ferry Post from 17th Battalion. He proceeded to join B.E.F. (British Expeditionary Force) from Alexandria on 19th June, 1916 on Caledonian & disembarked at Marseilles, France on 29th June, 1916.

Private Harry Glynn was wounded in action in France on 20th July, 1916 at Bac St Maur. (Casualties known as at 31st July, 1916 from 55th Battalion - 37 were killed; 5 died of wounds; 154 wounded & 143 missing). He was admitted to 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital at Outreau, France on 21st July, 1916 with shrapnel wounds to legs.

Private Glynn was invalided to England on Hospital Ship Jan Breydel from Boulogne, France on 22nd July, 1916 with multiple shrapnel wounds. He was admitted to Queens (Civil) Hospital, Birmingham (affiliated with 1st Southern General Hospital), Birmingham, England on 23rd July, 1916 with shrapnel wounds to both legs, feet & hip (severe).

Private Harry Glynn died on 10th August, 1916 at Queens Hospital, Birmingham, England from wounds received in action in France – Shock & Haemorrhage following his wounds.

Information provided by the late Norma Lawrie (Harry’s Great Niece) via Kylie Glynn (Harry’s Great Great Niece) -Private Harry Glyn had both legs amputated.

He was buried in Soldiers Cemetery, Lodge Hill Cemetery, Birmingham, West Midlands, England where 54 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located. His name is on the CWGC Screen Wall as this plot does not have headstones.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)