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Surname LYNCH
Given Name(s) or Initial(s) Michael James
Regimental Number 1679
Unit Name 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles
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(from Sources as shown)

Simpson: Queen's South Africa medal and 5 clasps, Clifton Hill Vic., WW1 101 Trooper 'A'Sqn. 8LH Sergeant died of disease 11.10.1918.
Blair: Drouin Vic.
5VMR QSA Roll: Left Wing, Queen's South Africa medal and 3 clasps (CC OFS & Tvl).
URL1: WW1 AIF 101 Sergeant 8LH died of septicaemia in Egypt 11.10.1918, enlisted Watchuppa Vic.
URL2: horse trainer aged 32 from Clifton Hill Vic.
B5179: born 1879 a drover c/- PO S. Drouin Vic.
URL3: 5VMR photos.
URL4: DROUIN. - Privates RW LEITH and MJ LYNCH, members of the Fifth Victorian Contingent, were welcomed home from the war on Saturday evening [26.4.1902]. A large crowd met the returned soldiers at the railway station, and escorted them to the Railway Hotel, the home of Private LEITH, where the men were entertained by a gathering presided over by Mr. JG YOUNG. The health of the guests was drunk enthusiastically.
URL5: ADFA AIF Database record.
URL6: AWM Roll of Honour - Michael James LYNCH 101 Sergeant 8th Australian Light Horse Regiment Australian Army First World War, 1914-1918, died of illness (Septicaemia) 11.10.1918 in Egypt, place of association - Watchupga, Vic., cemetery or memorial details - Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Cairo, Egypt.
Source References
Murray: Official Records of the Australian Contingents etc. page(s) 302
Simpson: Maygar page(s) 35 268
Blair: Shoulder to Shoulder - Military History of Baw Baw Shire page(s) 9
5VMR QSA Roll: Queen's S. Africa Medal Roll for 5VMR
B5179: National Archives of Australia series B5179 item B
Argus: Melbourne Argus newspaper date(s) 29.4.1902
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Apology: For some time now it has been difficult to keep up with the newly available sources (especially the Trove newspaper site) plus the flow of contributions and queries. So I have been forced to prioritise maintenance and data entry over replying to correspondence. Nevertheless, your contributions are being added to the database and acknowledged on the contributions page and, although my replies are many months behind, I will attempt to get to them more often.
Colin Roe

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