David LYNN

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Division Clyde  

Rank & Number:    
Signaller, Z/8976  

26 December 1899; Dundonald, Ayrshire  

Died:                      22 April 1959; Robroyston Hospital, Glasgow  


DAVID LYNN was born 26 Dec 1899 at 14 Fullarton Terrace, Dundonald, Ayrshire to parents David, a railway surfaceman) and Marta Mitchell, m Ballymoney, Co. Down (who married in Ballymoney, Co. Down on 17 Aug 1891).  He died of cardiac failure due to chronic bronchitis on 22 Apr 1959 in Robroyston Hospital, Glasgow (aged 59, single, railway engine driver, of 520 Calder Street, Glasgow).  

He was a member of Fairlie Boy Scouts from 1912 (when troop was formed) to 1915; it’s noted in the Fairlie Scout log-book that he left the troop to go to munitions work at Ardeer in Jan 1916 as soon as he reached his 16th birthday.  

In the 1901 Census, David, aged 1, is living 30 Montgomery Street, Irvine with parents David Linn (33, b. Ireland, railway surfaceman) and Martha (29, b. Ireland)  

In the 1911 Census, aged 11, he is living Railway Buildings, Fairlie with parents David (42, platelayer, railway) and Martha (39, m 20 years, 8 children/5 living) and siblings Martha (8), Sarah (4) and Mary Victoria (0)    


The Largs & Millport Weekly News reported on 5 Jan 1918 that he was home on leave the previous weekend.  His medal roll shows he received the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-    

5 January 1918           
Several of our soldier lads were on leave last weekend.  Amongst them we noticed  Sgt. Robert Douglas, Sgt. J. Lockhart, Corp. Stuart McAulay, Gunner Frank Ward, Signaller David Lyme (RNVR).  They are all looking very fit.

Image courtesy Robin Newton

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