The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Lynch
First Name:
Joseph John
Nick Name:
Joe or JJ
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8639
Classification:
Section Orderly
Company:
‘B’ Company, No. 9 Platoon. Section Orderly.
Enlisted:
18.10.1940
DOB:
22.12.1908
Place of Birth:
Subiaco, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Bernard Patrick Lynch
Mothers's Name:
Marion Lynch (van Poplin)
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Builder’s Labourer
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row H, Grave 71, Age 34.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
POW#:
4/6534 & 8805
Cause of Death:
Cholera and Typhus
Place of Death:
Kanu 1 River Camp
Date of Death:
1.08.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 78, Kanu 1 River Camp.

General Description

Rear L-R Doug Carter, Frank Hinds Front -----, -----, Joe Lynch
Rear L-R Doug Carter, Frank Hinds
Front —–, —–, Joe Lynch

 

Lynch was also known to his mates at JJ.  He was selected from Singapore to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force S Battalion which departed Singapore Railway station 14 March 1943.

JJ succumbed to typhus and cholera whilst working at Kanu I River Camp (vicinity of Hellfire Pass) on 1st August 1943, he was 34 years of age.

Today JJ rests at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand with 91 mates from the 2/4th.

 

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Photo taken January 2018

 

 

Joe’s parents Bernard Patrick Lynch and Marion van Poplin married at Menzies in 1902.  Marion was previously married to George Roach and had 3 children.  Bernard and Marion had several daughters and Joe was their only son.

Marion died in Perth 1921 aged 54 years, Joe would have been about 13 years old.   Bernard died December 1930 aged 58 years.

Joe recorded his NOK his step-sister Teresa Goodman who was about 22 years older than Joe.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kanu 1 151.00k - Thailand
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