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Raymond James Lynch

Portrait, Weekly News Major, awarded MC - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Weekly News Major, awarded MC - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Raymond James AWMM
  • Surname
    Lynch AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 2659 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 October 1909 AWMM WaihiNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 70 Sarsfield Street, Herne Bay, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs Glenys L. Lynch (wife), PO Box 10, Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      4 November 1941 AWMM
      MC. Rank at time Major, awarded in Crete. "Under conditions of extreme difficulty during heavy attacks at Galatas on 25 May 1941, T/Major Lynch maintained his position for six hours during which he was driven off twice and recaptured the position on each occasion by skilfully planned and executed counter-attacks. He subsequently withdrew his compnay in good order to a rear position, checking the enemy sharply on the way. On 28 Mayat Askiphio, with a weak company, he completely check the enemy advance for five hours. His leadership, power of command and personal example throughout were outstanding." Gallant Acts and Noble Deeds, p. 177 The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Lynch, Raymond James. (Ref. WO 373/27/298). Military Cross. AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Sales manager/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    WW2 POW - Military Hospital, Caserta, Italy POW Deaths (R25405152)
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Killed or died while a Prisoner of War, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died of wounds whilst a Prisoner of War AWMM
    • 26 September 1942 AWMMOther, WWII AWMM
      Ospedale Mil-Caserta. GSW left leg amputation, left thigh. numerous wounds right leg. AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Mrs G. Lynch of Third Avenue, Whangarei. Son of Mr Peter and Lydia Lynch of 70 Sarsfield Street, Herne Bay, Auckland.

    He was born at Waihi and educated at Waihi High School and Sacred Heart College. In Whangarei he was associated with the firm of D. Mcl. Wallace.

    He took a keen interest in all sports, playing rugby for Hora Hora Seniors and being a prominent member of the Whangarei Miniature Rifle Club.

    His interest in the Army dated back to school days, and continued after leaving school as a member of the Territorials.

    He entered camp with an Auckand Infantry unit of the first echelon and served in Greece and Crete. He left New Zealand as a captain and his MC was won in Crete.

    Lt-Col R. J. Lynch, MC; born Waihi, 24 Oct 1909; sales manager; CO 18 Bn 29 Jun-15 Jul 1942; wounded and p.w. 15 Jul 1942; died of wounds while p.w. 26 Sep 1942. (Source: Cody, J.F. 21 Battalion. p.176.)

    'Almost irreplaceable was the loss of senior officers. Commanding officer, adjutant, two company commanders, all of them original 18 Battalion officers, had gone. Lieutenant-Colonel Lynch in particular was a grievous loss, and there was great regret in the battalion when, a few months later, word came through that he had died from his wounds.
    Had he survived, Ray Lynch might well have been a first-rate battalion commander. He was a front-line soldier with an unusually keen tactical brain, impatient of base camp restrictions, efficient, methodical, yet easy and approachable in his manner. In Greece and Crete he led C Company magnificently; his MC for Crete was the only fighting decoration won by an 18 Battalion officer for either campaign. That his last battle and his only major action in command of 18 Battalion should have ended so inglonously was just another of the tragedies of Ruweisat.' (Source: Dawson, W.D. 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. p. 294) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 September 1942 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Caserta War Cemetery, Italy AWMM VI. C. 9. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Officers' Club Auckland, The Northern Club, 19 Princes Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Newmarket War Memorial, Olympic Park, Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM

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  • This is really odd but I have in my possession all correspondence during Raymond James Lynch death. Eg hospital letters to Glenys from Raymond, letters from the chaplain in Italia to Glenys, a photo of his grave, his death certificate etc I tried a few years ago to get these to there rightful owner. With no luck. How I came about Great Aunty H Haines died sometime ago and when cleaning out her house my mother and I found them. She lived in Whangarei on Second Street. Glenys was her friend. One letter was in fact in c/o my great Aunty. How the rest of the story goes I have no idea. I've always wanted to find the rightful home for these personal items. With a bit of luck after discovering tonight that Glenys and Raymond have a son these letters may finally find there family and rightful owner. Yours Sincerely Vanessa Woodyard
    Public - Vanessa - 2 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002). Whangarei, N.Z.: Returned Services Association. AWMM
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 107 AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
      p.176. AWMM
    • Davin, D. (1953). Crete. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.146, 165, 303, 419. AWMM
    • McClymont, W. (1959). To Greece. Wellington, N.Z.: Department Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.184. AWMM
    • Dawson, W. (1961). 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.91, 101, 135, 153, 162, 183, 209, 217, 250, 252, 268, 269, 276, 279, 281, 282, 283, 287, 288, 290, 293. AWMM
    • Scoullar, J. L. (1955). Battle for Egypt : the summer of 1942. Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      pp.236, 242, 244, 257, 279, 294, 295, 296, 299, 315. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. and Pomeroy, M.J. (2016). Gallant Acts and Noble Deeds: New Zealand army honours and awards for the Second World War. Auckland, N.Z.: Fair Dinkum Publications.; P.J. Beattie and M.J. Pomeroy, 2016. AWMM
    • Deaths While Prisoner of War - Navy, Army, Air Force and Civilians [WW2 NZ POW Deaths], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAAA 7393 Box 1 (R25405152). AWMM


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