Lynch, Thomas (Private, b.1918)

Accession Number MSS2201
Collection type Manuscript
Measurement Extent: 1 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Digital file
Maker Clements, Lisa
Lynch, Thomas
Date made 2013
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection relates to the Second World War service of WX6692 Private Thomas Lynch, 2/28 Australian Infantry Battalion, Libya, Italy, Germany, Australia, 1918 – 1980.

Collection consists of one manuscript titled ‘An Honourable Man – Tom Lynch’s Life: As Told to Lisa Clements’, written in 2013.

The manuscript is divided into sections titled Early Life, World War II Commences, Training, Left Behind!, Overseas At Last, The Siege of Tobruk, Palestine, El Alamein, The Battle of Ruin Ridge (Miteirya Ridge), Blood Noise Fear and Exhaustion, POW Camp – Benghazi, On the Move, POW Camp Brindisi, Cattle Trucks!, Get Out – Or Die!, Rescued by the Americans, Recuperation in England, Going Home – At Last, Home Sweet Home, Civilian Life, Work in the Mines, The Aftermath of War, and Life Goes On.
Throughout his story he details the Australian causalities, contact with the enemy, emotions during battle, being captured as a POW, his experiences in POW camps in Italy and Austria, the end of the war, returning to normal life, and the ongoing mental effects of war.