Raymond James AWMM
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Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
Unknown AWMM 70 Sarsfield Street, Herne Bay, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
Mrs Glenys L. Lynch (wife), PO Box 10, Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Married AWMM
Medals and Awards
Military Cross (MC) AWMM
4 November 1941 AWMM
MC. Rank at time Major, awarded in Crete
The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Lynch, Raymond James. (Ref. WO 373/27/298). Military Cross. AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
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
- 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 them....my 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.
Public - Vanessa - 2 April 2015
- 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
- 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
- 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
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