Raymond Flynn of Holyoke and the Lost Battalion

by Laurel | August 9th, 2010

Private Raymond M. Flynn

Private Raymond M. Flynn

Another interesting e-mail was in my in-box this morning. This time it was in regard to Raymond M. Flynn of Holyoke, pictured above.

Raymond Flynn was born 22 Feb 1893 to Daniel and Bridget Flynn. I am assuming this is the correct Raymond Flynn since he is the only one found in the 1910 Federal Census. The Census has him living on Center Street with his parents and 5 siblings.

Raymond joined the Army and served during WWI, his draft card signed in June 1917 has him living in Manhattan on W. 102 Street. He is listed in Holyoke In the Great War on page 162 as “Private, Company E. 308th Infantry. Entered service December 6, 1917. With American Expeditionary Forces. (With the “Lost Battalion.”)

A film was made about the Lost Battalion in 1919 and much later, in 2001 a TV film was made also. Details are on the Wikipedia entry, linked above.

In 1919, Raymond M. Flynn, along with Alexander T. Hussey wrote a book entitled “The History of Company E, 308th Infantry (1917-1919)“, Knickerbocker Press, New York. The 1920 Census shows Raymond Flynn living in Manhattan with his friend and co-author Alexander Hussey.

I am not sure if Raymond ever returned to Holyoke. Anyone know this Flynn family? I have quite a few Flynns from Holyoke in my genealogy database, but not Raymond. If anyone has a familial connection, please let me know.

Returning to the e-mail I received, the writer explained that her husband’s uncle is Alexander T. Hussey, Flynn’s co-author. She is seeking to pass on information to the Flynn family of Holyoke that the book is now out of copyright and a digital version is available free to read online or download from the Internet Archive at the following link:


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