Ernest Lynas

Lance Corporal Ernest Lynas of Laurelvale, Co. Armagh lived in Portadown. He died on 25th September 1944 during the retreat from Arnhem.

Lance Corporal

Ernest Lynas

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Ernest Lynas emigrated to Canada with his family as a youth but returned to Portadown, Co. Armagh before joining the Parachute Regiment during the Second World War.

Lance Corporal Ernest Lynas (7043594) served in 156th Battalion The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps during the Second World War. He was the son of Samuel Lynas of Laurelvale, Co. Armagh, and the husband of Violet Lynas of 14 Hopefield Terrace, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Ernest’s family emigrated to Canada in 1927 but returned to Northern Ireland before the outbreak of the Second World War. Ernest enlisted in The Parachute Regiment, joining 156th Battalion, which formed in India.

Paratroopers over Arnhem

Imperial War Museum Photo: BU 1162 (Part of the War Office Second World War Official Collection). Paratroopers drop from a Douglas Dakota over Arnhem on 17th September 1944 during Operation Market Garden. Photo taken by Sergeant DM Smith - Army Film and Photographic Unit.

Ernest had landed in Operation Market Garden with the 2nd lift on 18th September 1944 joining 4th Parachute Brigade under the command of General John Hackett. Delayed by fog, at 1100hrs on 18th September 1944, 156th Battalion took off from R.A.F. Saltby, Leicestershire, England. Lance Corporal Lynas died on 25th September 1944 aged 26 years old during Operation Berlin. This operation was the evacuation back across the Rhine to Nijmegan, Netherlands as 1st Airborne Division could no longer hold onto the ground.

Ernest Lynas’ grave is in Section 28, Row B, Grave 2 of Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands. His name if on the Portadown War Memorial, Co. Armagh. His headstone in Oosterbeek bears the inscription:

Tender abiding memory my dearly loved husband Ernest. Gone to a higher service.

By 1947, Ernest’s wife Violet had returned to Canada living at 4 Kimberley Street, Toronto, Ontario.