Flynn, Edward James (Eddie)
No. 1473912, 5 Battery, 2 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
Killed in action on Saturday 20 June 1942 (aged 25)
No known grave
Alamein Memorial, Egypt (Column 33)
Newtownards and District War Memorial
Brother-in-law of Bombardier Harold Johnston
Edward James Flynn was born on 4 November 1916 in the townland of Tullynagardy, Newtownards and he was a son of Edward and Jane (Jeanie) Flynn (nee Mayne) of 15 Belfast Road, Bangor and formerly of Newtownards. Edward Flynn was a tailor and he and Jeanie Mayne were married on 2 March 1914 in Newtownards Registrar’s Office. Edward Flynn from Mill Street, Newtownards was a son of Edward Flynn, a weaver. Jeanie Mayne from Mill Street, Newtownards was a daughter of James Mayne, a labourer.
Edward and Jeanie Flynn (nee Mayne) had at least four children:
Robina Fairly (born 24 December 1914 in Frederick Street, Newtownards)
Edward James (born 4 November 1916 in Tullynagardy, Newtownards)
James Mayne (born 2 January 1919 in Tullynagardy, Newtownards; died of bronchitis 1 July 1919 in East Street, Newtownards)
During the First World War Edward Flynn Senior served with the Royal Irish Rifles and it was reported in the Press that he was wounded at Mons.
During the Second World War Lance Bombardier Edward James Flynn (No. 1473912) served with the Royal Artillery and on 20 June 1942 he was reported as missing in action at Tobruk. His body was never recovered and, a little over a year later, in August 1943, it was officially confirmed that he must be presumed to have been killed in action.
His parents placed an Our Heroes In Memoriam notice in the 21 August 1943 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle and in 1944 the In Memoriam notice contained the verse:
You are standing near in memory,
And the month of June is here,
How we think of that sad message,
We had lost a son so dear.
In both 1945 and 1947, Our Heroes In Memoriam notices contained the verse:
Dear son of my bosom, you sleep ‘mong the brave,
Where no tears of a mother can drop on thy grave.
In the sands of the desert you are laid far away,
Still our tribute of love to thy memory we pay.
You did not know that death was near,
You said good-bye to none,
You left this world without a tear,
Your duty nobly done.
Ten days before Lance Bombardier Edward James Flynn died, his brother-in-law, Bombardier Harold Johnston of Thomas Street, Newtownards was also killed in action at Tobruk.
In October 1944 Lance Bombardier Edward James Flynn’s younger brother, Private Hugh Flynn, who served with the Royal Ulster Rifles Airborne Division, was reported to be missing in action at Arnhem. A month later it was reported that Hugh was being held as a Prisoner-of-War.
Lance Bombardier Edward James Flynn (No. 1473912) was 25 when he died, and he is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial in Egypt and on Newtownards and District War Memorial.