William Oscar Lynam in the Great War 1914–1918

William Oscar Lynam was born in 1894, the son of William and Eliza (Heath) Lynam.
He served with the 10th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (No 19471). He died 14 December 1915 and is remembered on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.

His brother Thomas Lynam also served in the war.

Newspaper Reports
Derbyshire Courier 15 February 1916
A meeting of the Grassmoor Soldiers Benevolent Fund was held at the miners Arms last Thursday. Mrs Lynam, of New Street, was the recipient of £1 as grant, she having lost her son, Private W Lynam, of the Sherwood Foresters, killed in action.

Derbyshire Courier 6 October 1917
Mr and Mrs W Lynam, 92, New Street, Grassmoor, received intimation from the Territorial Records Office, Lichfield, that their second son, Private Thomas Lynam, Sherwood Foresters, is in the No. 2 Stationary Hospital, Abberville, suffering from gunshot wounds to the scalp. Private Lynam enlisted in February 1915 and went to France in October of the same year. He was wounded last February by shrapnel and gassed, and after regaining consciousness returned to the fighting line in April. Previous to joining the forces he worked in the No. 4 (Black Shale) Pit of the Grassmoor Colliery Company. Another son of Mr and Mrs Lynam, Private Oscar Lynam, Sherwood Foresters, made the supreme sacrifice on 4 December 1915.

Medal Roll Index
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15-Star medals
K in A 14/12/15 . Entered France 28.7.15

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Name LYNAM, William Oscar
Initials W O
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Unit 10th Bn.
Ages 17
Date of Death 14/12/15
Service No 19471
Additional Information  
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference Panel 39 and 41