Today we remember the centenary of the sad death of William Stanley Lynn of Edenham, who died on the 2nd February 1918, after serving with the 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.
William was born in the spring of 1896 in Edenham to Thomas Lynn, a blacksmith, originally from Newton on Trent and his wife Mary Bates of Aslackby.
Thomas and Mary were married in 1894. Mary already had a son, Ernest Tom Bates, who was born in 1885.
Thomas and Mary probably started their married life in Aslackby where their first Daughter Kate was born in 1892. Their second child, a son named Joe Gibson Lynn, was born in Sibsey in 1895. the family eventually settled in Edenham and their final three sons were all born here.
William Stanley Lynn, 1896, Edwin Harry Lynn, 1897 and Thomas Walter Lynn, 1899.
In 1901 the family were living on back Lane in Edenham, Thomas having his own blacksmith’s business. By 1911 William has found employment as a farm labourer, the family still living in Edenham.
On the 2nd September 1914 William enlisted into the Army in Bourne and joined the 8th Battalion Lincolnshire regiment. After his initial training he was posted to France on the 10th September 1915 as the first posting for the 8th Battalion. The Battalion first saw action in the battle of Arras being stationed in Bois Hugo at the start of the attack.
The battalion also saw action in the Battle of the Somme and were present at the battles of Albert, Bazentin Ridge, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, The Capture of Gueudecourt, Transloy Ridge, and then onto the Battle of the Ancre.
1917 saw the Battalion in action in the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line and were fighting in the battles around Arras before in July being moved to Ypres in preparation for the Battle of Passchendaele.
On the 13th July 1917, William Lynn reported to the medical officer with a complaining of shortwindedness, sharp pain over the left chest and a cough. He was sent to the 50th Field Ambulance and then on to the 55th Casualty Clearing Station. Thence the 55th General Hospital in Boulogne. After being shipped home he was admitted to Springburn Woodside General Hospital in Glasgow on the 27th July 1917. He was diagnosed has having contracted Tuberculosis of the Lungs and was eventually discharged from hospital on the 6th August.
William was subsequently confirmed for discharge from the army on 29th August 1917 as being medically unfit.
William eventually succumbed to the aftereffects of T.B on the 2nd February 1918 aged 21.
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
- In memory of Private William Stanley Lynn, 11891, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 2 February 1918 Age 21
Son of Thomas Lynn of Edenham, Lincolnshire
Remembered with honour, Edenham (St. Michael and All Saints) Churchyard