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.
As a young man, Ernest emigrated to Canada with his family in 1927. They had returned to Northern Ireland before the outbreak of the Second World War.
Lance Corporal Lynas died on 25th September 1944 aged 26 years old during Operation BERLIN, the evacuation back across the River Rhine toward Nijmegan, Netherlands following Operation MARKET GARDEN. Delayed by fog, Lynas and his comrades took off at 1100hrs on 18th September 1944 from R.A.F. Saltby, Leicestershire, England. He landed as part of the second lift serving with 4th Parachute Brigade under General John Hackett.
His grave is in Section 28, Row B, Grave 2 of Arnhem Ooosterbeek War Cemetery, Netherlands. His name is on the Portadown War Memorial, Portadown, Co. Armagh. His headstone bears the inscription:
Tender abiding memory my dearly loved husband Ernest. Gone to a higher service.