Will Lynch finally boards the ship that will take him away from Japanese captivity in Shanghai, China. Roselyn
June 29, 1942. Monday. 204th Day.
Up at 4:30 a.m. Sailing for repatriation via Lourenco Marquest Portuguese East Africa, on Italian SS Conte Verde.
Said to be 636 passengers aboard.
Good ship, good food, good cabin. Cabin mate is Mr. Altaffer, American Consul from Amoy.
Table mate is C. H. Williams, Clerk American Consulate, Shanghai.
June 30, 1042. Tuesday. 205th Day.
Warm, cloudy, but no rain.
Can't locate my trunk, but many thousand or so pieces are in freight hold, so mine must be there. If not, ye Gods! I'll be short of winter gear.
Met fellow from Canton, China, named Maiskie, I knew there in 1920-21. He beat me badly at cribbage.
Orchestra, some 5 or 6 pieces, gave good 1 1/2 hour concert of salon music at 9-10:30 p.m.
No war news.
July 1, 2, 3, 4, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. 206th, 207th 208th, 209th Days.
Buried a missionary one day.
No celebrations on 4th. In fact, I quite forgot till July 5th.
Introduction to Lynch Clan
My Lynch ancestors from Ireland came to America in 1848. The group included my Grandfather James Lynch and his five siblings, ages 10 to 18, who sailed without their parents to New York City. Soon they were living in a tenement house in Massachusetts working in a textile mill. From there they gradually migrated west. This blog will contain information gathered by my mother, Hazel Lynch Skonberg from her father, giving details of the trip over and life in America. There is also a diary written by his son, Will Lynch, who was with the American Consular Service of the State Department, and was taken hostage on Dec. 8, 1941, by the Japanese Army who had captured Shanghai that day. I hope you enjoy this blog about the James Lynch family in America.
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