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The Great War 1914 ~ 1918 | Ninetieth Anniversary

Profiles of the Fallen

Bernard James Glynn
Rank and Honours: 2nd Lieutenant
Unit(s): The Royal Flying Corps, 34th Squadron
Next of Kin / Parents: Genevieve Glynn (mother)
  Patrick J. Glynn (father), Niagara Falls, Ontario
Date of Birth: 1897
Enlisted: 1st September 1916
Date of Death (& Place): 29th May 1917, killed in action
  Age: 20
Burial Information: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery in Somme, France
  Villers-Bretonneux is a village 16 kilometres east of Amiens on the straight main road to St. Quentin. The Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery is about 2 kilometres north of the village on the east side of road to Fouilloy.
Further Personal Information: With the most profound regret the boys of St. Michael's heard of the death of Bernard J. Glynn of Niagara Falls, Ont. Although in attendance at St. Michael's for only one year, 1914-15, his genial disposition and manly qualities gained for him in that short time a host of friends. In the fall of 1915 he enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps. His brother Raymond, is also on active service overseas. A pathetic incident in connection with Bernards death, and one which discloses, the high moral qualities with which he went forward to the discharge of his duties in full realization of the dangers which confronted him, is shown as follows.
  As far back as December, 1916, Lieutenant Glynn wrote a letter under sealed cover to one of his chums in Niagara, bearing the following endorsement: This letter is to be given to my parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Glynn, only upon the official announcement from headquarters that I have died for or have been killed.-Sec. Lieut. Bernard J. Glynn, Royal Flying Corps. As soon as the official announcement of his death in action on May 29th, 1917, reached Niagara, this sealed letter was handed over to his parents. As an example of true piety and filial devotion, this is parallel.
  Bernard Glynn's letter to his parents.
  Source: In Memoriam article in College Year Book, 1918, Page 64 & 65
  Bernard Glynn of Niagara Falls was in Great Aerial Battle
  Special to The Star
  Niagara Falls, Ont. June 4, 1917
  Patrick J. Glynn, secretary of Separate School Board, to-day for an official cable notifying him of his deal in battle of his second son Bernard, aged twenty, of the Royal Flying Corps. The young man went overseas last August. He was killed May 29th in the great aerial battle. He was a native of this city.
  Toronto Star, June 4th, 1917
Details have been verified from the following sources:

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Veterans Affairs Canada

Commonwealth War Grave Commission