SJT James McLynn, 4th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment, Ypres, Belgium

The resting place of a First World War soldier from Stoke-on-Trent was finally dedicated in his name at Zantvoorde British Cemetery in Ypres.

Serjeant James McLyn, of the 4th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment, was killed just weeks before the end of the First World War in Belgium and buried as an unknown soldier. 

After nearly 100 years, new information about the unknown grave was presented to the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC).

The compelling evidence lead the JCCC to a nationwide search for any living relatives or people who knew Sjt McLynn.

Maureen Heath and SJT James McLynn, 4th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment, Ypres, Belgium
McLynn's cousin twice removed, Maureen Heath, pays her respects in Ypres

A cousin twice removed, Maureen Heath, was found during the appeal.

She travelled to the rededication service with her husband and was happy to have had the opportunity to pay her respects to Serjeant McLynn, saying:

“So many years have passed since James lost his life fighting for his country. But it is reassuring that he finally had such a dignified, resting place with his name on a headstone”.

SJT James McLynn's rededication service Ypres, Belgium
Respects paid to the World War One Serjeant McLynn

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