Commemorated:

Memorial .Norfolk Cemetery, Becordel-BecourtI. B. 87.
    

Awards & Titles:

Distinguished Service Order
 

Lt-Colonel Colmer William Donald Lynch DSO and Captain Gordan Haswell, both of the 9th KOYLI, both killed on 1st July 1916. I am aware they were involved in the 'When the barrage lifts' incident in the officers mess and were both killed on 1st July 1916. Member of MCC

Family :

  Son of Mrs. M. Florence Lynch, of Pareora, Stoke, Guildford, and the late Maj. Gen. William Wiltshire Lynch,.

Military :

Unit :  9th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 

Action : The Battles of the Somme 1916 


The Battle of the Somme 1st July - 18th November 1916 is inevitably characterised by the appalling casualties (60,000) on the first day, July 1st 1916. Having failed to break through the German lines in force, and also failed to maximise opportunities where success was achieved, the battle became a series of attritional assaults on well defended defence in depth. The battle continued officially until 18th November 1916 costing almost 500,000 British casualties. German casualties were about the same, and French about 200,000. The Somme could not be counted a success in terms of ground gained or the cost, but it had a strategic impact as it marked the start of the decline of the German Army. Never again would it be as effective whilst the British Army, learning from its experience eventually grew stronger to become a war winning army. The German High Command recognised that it could never again fight another Somme, a view that advanced the decision to invoke unrestricted submarine warfare in an attempt to starve Britain of food and material, and in doing so accelerated the United States declaration of war thus guaranteeing the eventual outcome. 287 Brethren were killed on the Somme in 1916.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Royal Colonial Institute No. 3556 E.C.London

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