James Joseph (J J) LYNCH


LYNCH, James Joseph

Service Numbers: 638, 638A
Enlisted: 15 June 1916, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 44th Infantry Battalion
Born: Gympie, Queensland, 1 November 1895
Home Town: Gympie, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Axeman
Died: Killed in Action, Le Hamel, France, 4 July 1918, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gympie & Widgee War Memorial Gates
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World War 1 Service

15 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 638, Brisbane, Queensland
11 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 638, 13th Machine Gun Company, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 May 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 638, 13th Machine Gun Company, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne
10 Dec 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 44th Infantry Battalion
4 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 638A, 44th Infantry Battalion, Le Hamel - Blueprint for Victory

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Biography contributed by Judy Lynch

"...638 (later 638A) Private James Joseph Lynch, 13th Machine Gun Company, of Brisbane, Qld. An axeman prior to enlistment, he embarked with the 11th Reinforcements on HMAT Ascanius (A11) on 11 May 1917. He later transferred to the 44th Battalion. The unit was engaged in the Ypres sector and took part in the major battle of Broodseinde Ridge. When the Germans launched their last great offensive in March 1918, the 44th was deployed to the Amiens sector in France. Pte Lynch was killed in action at the Battle of Hamel on 4 July 1918, aged 23." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)