The roll book gives this man, regiment and service number, and says born Mullingar, and father living in Mullingar. But I can find nothing to suggest this is correct. Keogh notes him as coming from Birr, Offaly and in Leinsters - Casement has him just as a labourer prior to enlisting. Mahony's List has him a P Lynch of the Leinsters.The British Governemnt finger him as having been transferred to Danzig. His medals were forfeited. They quote this service number, regiment and name. The MIC is for the right man, but I cannot find him in Mullingar. Keogh is unreliable in his memory of where men came from. So one cannot get further without more details.
1894 May 17. born in Kings County. His parents appear to be John Lynch and Anne (b1875 at Kilcormac, nee Rooney) who were married in Frankford in 1892.
1901 census with his grandparents at 12 Mountrath Street, Frankford. His parents were away working as servants
1911 census with his parents at Kilnagall, Frankford, King's Co. This is a hamlet near Kilcormac, about 9 NE of Birr.
1911 Apr His service number indicates an enlistment date of around then, indicating a date of birth perhaps around 1894. He must have joined up immediately after the census
1914 Dec 19, landed in France with the Leinsters
1915 Taken prisoner, and followed the rest of the Irish Brigade through Limburg, Zossen and Danzig
1915 Oct 25. Gave his address as Blanchardstown, Dublin. Father living in Mullingar
1916 Jan Volunteered for service in Egypt
1918 Nov . O'Toole when he was debriefed gives a list of men whom he says left Danzig camp soon after the armistice, insisting on going to a POW camp in order to be transported home. He appears on O'Toole's list
Dead by 1960
Recruits to Irish Brigade