Biography of Private Thomas Walter Lynn (43645)
1st/5th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment
Died 28th September 1918


  • Name: Thomas Walter Lynn
  • Date of birth: 1899
  • Place of Birth: Edenham, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: April – June 1899
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

  • Name: Thomas Lynn
  • DOB: 1866
  • Place of Birth: Newton, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Blacksmith

  • Name: Mary Bates
  • DOB: 1856
  • Place Of Birth: Aslackby, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 1894 Bourne District
Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Ernest Tom Bates, 1885, Leeds (Half brother)
  • Kate Lynn,  1892, Aslackby
  • John Gibson Lynn, 1895, Sibsey
  • William Stanley Lynn 1896, Edenham
  • Edwin Harry Lynn, 1897, Edenham
  • Thomas Walter Lynn, Edenham

  • 1901: Thomas is living with his parents in Back Lane, Edenham, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: Thomas is living with his parents in Edenham, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 11 and he is listed as being at school.
Relatives in services

  • Thomas’s brother William Stanley also fought and was killed in WW1. Thomas can be found on our page dedicated to the Edenham War Memorial.

  • No marriage for Thomas has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • Grantham Journal Saturday 9th November 1918
    MISSING – Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lynn have received official notice that their son, Pte. Walter Lynn (South Staffordshire Regiment), has been posted missing since September 28th.  Mr. and Mrs. Lynn lost their second son in January, and the sympathy of all goes out to them in their bereavement.


  • Grantham Journal Saturday 20th September 1919
    PRESUMED DEAD – News of Pte Thomas Walter Lynn, South Staffs. Regiment, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Lynn, has just come from Record Office at Litchfield saying the authorities are “regretfully constrained to conclude that he is dead, and that his death took place on 28th Sept 1918.” The deceased has been missing for nearly a year and the only information received by his parents was a letter from his office, who wrote he was told Pte. Lynn was killed on the date named, that he had fulfilled his duties as a soldier faithfully and devotedly, and expressed his deepest sympathy with the bereaved parents and family. All in the parish deeply regret the loss and express their great sympathy with Mr and Mrs Lynn, this being the second son they have lost in the war.


  • Grantham Journal Saturday 31st January 1920
    LYNN – In loving memory of our two dear boys, William Stanley Lynn, who died February 2nd 1918 and Thomas Walter Lynn, who was reported missing on September 28th 1918 and since presumed dead, somewhere in France.
    Ever in our thoughts
    From their loving

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found
Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private Walter Thomas Lynn, 43645, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial Force) South Staffordshire Regiment was killed in action on 28th September 1918 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • Available

Effects Left To

  • Father Thomas


  • The British Medal
  • The Victory Medal



  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Private Walter Thomas Lynn, 43645, 1st/5th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment who died on 28 September 1918 Age 19
  • Son of Thomas and Mary Lynn of Edenham, Bourne, Lincolnshire
  • Remembered with honour, Vis-En-Artois Memorial
  • Panel 6 and 7.

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

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