LYNCH, James Alphonsus
(Service number 6/496)

Aliases Enlisted as James Lynch.
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 10 August 1893 Place of Birth Oamaru

Enlistment Information

Date 12 August 1914 Age 21 years
Address at Enlistment Church Street, Timaru
Occupation Bank clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin T. LYNCH (father), Church Street, Timaru
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8¼ inches. Weight 148 lbs. Chest measurement 34-37 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair dark brown. Sight, hearing & colour vision all good. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Teeth good. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. Pigmented scar, lower part outer surface right leg.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Tahiti or Athenic
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Campaigns Balkan (Gallipoli); Egyptian; Egyptian Ecpeditionary Force; Western European
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 17 October 1917 Reason No longer physically fit for War Service on account of pre-enlistment disability aggravated by Active Service.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Wounded on 10 August 1915 at the Dardanelles. Admitted to hospital 14 September 1915, with severe gunshot wound to wrist. Injured knee on 3 april 1917, while playing football or cricket; found to have displaced cartilage.

Post-war Occupations

Stock agent


Date 25 January 1970 Age 76 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Notices Timaru Herald, 26 January 1970
Memorial or Cemetery Waimairi Cemetery
Memorial Reference Block RC50, Plot 10
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James Alphonsus Lynch was the second son of Thomas William Hall and Katherine Josephine (née Walsh) Lynch. One of ten children, he was born on 10 August 1893 at Oamaru. He was educated at the Marist Brothers' School, Timaru. Very keen on sport, he was a member of the Celtic Cricket Club, representing South Canterbury many times, the Timaru Golf Club, the Celtic Football Club, and St John's Tennis Club. He also participated in swimming. His father had been a well-known Otago footballer, and his brother , Tom, in camp in October 1915, played for the All Blacks. James married Mary Agnes O'Meeghan. Parents buried Timau Cemetery. Father was land and real estate agent.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [May 2015; 14 August 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5544 0070047) [14 August 2016], NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5948 0359652) [23 August 2016]; New Zealand Tablet, 7 October 1915 (Papers Past) [14 August 2016]; Timaru Herald, 26 January 1970 (Timaru District Library) [19 August 2016]

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Tony Rippin (South Canterbury Museum); Liz Shea (SC Branch NZSG)

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