PRIVATE TO MAJOR EDISON FRANKLIN LYNN, D.S.O. M.C. RCR/CE/RC

For all discussions relating to military activities in Canada, 1837-1901.

PRIVATE TO MAJOR EDISON FRANKLIN LYNN, D.S.O. M.C. RCR/CE/RC

Postby QSAMIKE » 23 Jun 2017 04:50

PRIVATE TO MAJOR EDISON FRANKLIN LYNN, D.S.O. M.C. RCR/CE/RCE

LYNN, EDISON FRANKLIN


REG. NO.: 7509
RANK: PRIVATE
REGT: ROYAL CANADIAN REGIMENT
BARS: CAPE COLONY, PAARDEBERG, DRIEFONTEIN

REMARKS / HISTORY:

1) Distinguished Service Order GV the top and bottom suspender clasps engraved reverse Major E F Lynn Hill 70 August 15th, 1917
2) Military Cross GV the reverse engraved, Major E F Lynn Ypres April 1915
3) 1914/15 Star, Lieut E F Lynn Can Eng
4) British War & Victory Medals with MID Oakleaf, Major E F Lynn
5) Lynn is mentioned in ‘Shoestring Soldiers’ the 1st Canadian Division at War as taking part in the defence of Gravenstafel Ridge 22nd to 23rd April 1915, awarded the Military Cross London Gazette 14th January 1916. No published citation but an award for Ypres April, 1915.
6) Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 1st January 1916 (FM Sir John French) and London Gazette 28th December 1917 (FM Sir Douglas Haig).
7) Edison Franklin Lynn died in Hampstead, London in 1960.

Lynn is mentioned in ‘Shoestring Soldiers’ the 1st Canadian Division at War as taking part in the defence of Gravenstafel Ridge 22nd to 23rd April 1915, awarded the Military Cross London Gazette 14th January 1916.

BOER WAR - ENLISTMENT DOCUMENT

Enlisted at: KINGSTON, ONTARIO
On: OCTOBER 21st, 1899
Age: ON ELISTMENT HE STATED 22 YEARS WHEN ACTUALLY ONLY 17
Date of Birth: JUNE 17th 1882
Birthplace: BELVILLE, ONTARIO
Former Corps: 15th ARGYLE LIGHT INFANTRY
Trade or calling: BUTCHER
RELIGION: CHURCH OF ENGLAND
NOK: JOSEPH / MARY LYNN
ADDRESS NOK: COLEMAN STREET, BELVILLE
MARRIED OR SINGLE: SINGLE
NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND AGES: NONE
HEIGHT: 5 Foot 6 1/2 Inches
MARKS ON PERSON: VARIOUS SCARS ON HANDS AND LEGS
MEDICAL REPORT: GOOD
DATE OF DISCHARGE: NOVEMBER 15TH, 1900

WORLD WAR ONE - ENLISTMENT DOCUMENT

Enlisted at: VAL CARTIER CAMP, QUEBEC (TORONTO, ONTARIO)
On: SEPTEMBER 24TH, 1914
Age: 32 YEARS 3 MONTHS
Birthplace: SIDNEY TOWNSHIP, HASTINGS COUNTY ONTARIO
Former corps: 15th ARGYLE LIGHT INFANTRY, 49th HASTINGS REGIMENT
Trade or calling: CIVIL ENGINEER
RELIGION: CHURCH OF ENGLAND
NOK: JOSEPH AND MARY LYNN
ADDRESS NOK: 290 GRACE STREET TORONTO ONTARIO
MARRIED OR SINGLE: SINGLE
NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND AGES: NONE
HEIGHT: 5 Foot 8 1/2 Inches
MARKS ON PERSON: NUMEROUS SCARS
MEDICAL REPORT: GOOD
DATE OF DISCHARGE: UNKNOWN


Toronto Star – 10 February 1916:

WINNER OF MC IS MODEST


Lieut. Lynn, M.C., Praises Sappers Instead of Self

“I did appreciate the cable of congratulations from the Hydro on my ‘Mention in Despatches’ of F.M. Sir John French, and my being awarded the Military Cross,” writes Lieut. E. Frank Lynn to Major W. W. Pope, secretary of the Ontario Hydro-Electric Commission. All came as a real surprise, and when I wear my new decoration I will wear it for my sappers, for to them all honor is due. At all times, under most trying circumstances, they have been keen and steadfast, ready for anything in any place. The country is mostly flat, and when it is flat, it is very flat indeed. We have tried many new ways of getting rid of the water, but making it run down into the enemy trenches gives us most enjoyment. The enemy came out one night and dammed our big ditch which took care of the water from four square miles. This backed the water up in our trenches. Then with a party of fifty men with shovels, we made the ditch deeper between the dam and the enemy’s front line. We were protected by men with bombs.  When all the men were in we set guncotton in the dam and fired it. The rush of water was music to our ears. Fritz had wet trenches and much pumping for days after”.

Toronto Star – 03 January 1918

Major E. F. Lynn gets D.S.O.


The Major E. F. Lynn mentioned in the New Years Honours list as a winner of the D.S.O. Is Major E. F. (Frank) Lynn of 200 Grace Street Toronto. Major Lynn went overseas with the first contingent as a Lieutenant in the 2nd Field Company Engineers. In January 1916 he was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service the previous year in Ypres, Festubert and Givenchy. He is at present O.C. Of 2nd Field Company Engineers with which he left Toronto in 1914.

Toronto Star – 04 January 1918

Engineer is Honoured


Major E. F. Lynn adds the Distinguished Service Order to the Military Cross which he had already won. Major Lynn is a Civil Engineer, left for Valcartier as a Lieutenant in August 1914. While attached to the 2nd Field Company Engineers he carried out many difficult operations with great skill and bravery.

Distinguished Service Order London Gazette 1st January 1918.
No published citation but an award for Hill 70 15th August 1917.

There is a lot more information on Major Lynn that I have during WW1.......

Mike
Attachments
EDISON FRANKLIN LYNN.jpg
EDISON FRANKLIN LYNN.jpg (97.26 KiB) Viewed 105 times
E.F.LYNNMAJOR025.jpg
E.F.LYNNMAJOR025.jpg (100.03 KiB) Viewed 105 times
Mike C.
Past - President Calgary Military Historical Society
Member OMRS 1591
QSAMIKE
Veteran Member
 
Posts: 570
Joined: 31 Aug 2008 01:44
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Return to Canada 1837-1901

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest