No. 3304, 1st Battalion, Irish Guards
Killed in action on Friday 6 November 1914 (aged 24)
No known grave
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 11)
John Lynch was born on 30 April 1890 in Castle Street, Comber and he was a son of Philip and Catherine (Kate) Lynch (nee Byrne) who lived at 22 Castle Street when Philip Lynch was a police constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary stationed in Comber. Philip Lynch was born in Co Cavan. Kate Byrne was born in Co Louth. Philip Lynch and Kate Byrne were married on 4 June 1889 in St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Dundalk. Philip Lynch from Knockbridge was a son of Edward Lynch, a farmer. Kate Byrne from Carrickmacross was a daughter of Henry Byrne, a farmer.
Philip and Kate Lynch (nee Byrne) had at least seven children:
John (born 30 April 1890 in Castle Street, Comber)
Mary (born 25 July 1891 in Castle Street, Comber)
Edward (born 9 August 1892 in Castle Street, Comber)
Philip (born 13 May 1894 in Bridge Street, Comber)
Frederick (born 6 September 1895 in Castle Street, Comber)
Robert James (born 9 November 1896 in Castle Street, Comber)
Annie (born 16 April 1898 in Castle Street, Comber)
In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that John Lynch lived in Kilmessan, Co Meath and enlisted in Newry.
Private John Lynch served with No. 1 Company, 1st Battalion Irish Guards and he was 24 when he was killed in action on 6 November 1914. At that time, his parents were living in Main Street, Clonmellon, Co Westmeath.
Private John Lynch has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium.