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William James (Bill) Lynas (1886–1947)

Australia lost a gallant soldier and outstanding gentleman, and many, a firm friend, when Bill Lynas died suddenly early this year. William James Dalton Lynas, together with Harry Murray, V.C., C.M.G., D.S.O., D.C.M., Percy Black, D.S.O., D.C.M., C. de G. 'Fat' McCarthy, V.C., C. de G. and others enlisted in 1914, and came together in the original 16th Battalion (A.I.F.). Bill was given his commission on Gallipoli and commanded the battalion during its last battle in the capture of Le Verguier on September 18th, 1918, when 450 prisoners were taken. He was wounded at Vaire Wood on July 6th, 1918, and during his service he was awarded the D.S.O., M.C. and two Bars, and was Mentioned in Despatches. Bill Lynas enlisted at the outbreak of World War II. and was very annoyed when, because of his age and incapacity, he was excluded from an active service unit. He was a country chap and was engaged in mining at Nullagine when the end came on January 12th, 1947. His passing is a severe loss, and to his wife and relatives is extended the deepest sympathy of members of the 16th Battalion Association and many others with whom he was associated.

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'Lynas, William James (Bill) (1886–1947)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 23 May 2024.

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20 December, 1886
Auckland, New Zealand


12 January, 1947 (aged 60)
Nullagine, Western Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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