Name on Roll of Honour: A.A. RYRE
Also named on Allora’s World War One Memorial.
John Rynne arrived in France in October 1916 with reinforcements for the 15th Battalion. In February 1917 he suffered severe frostbite to his feet and was sent to the County of Middlesex War Hospital near St Albans. In October after recuperating he was sent to Egypt with reinforcements for the 14th Light Horse Regiment, his original unit. Six months later he was transferred to the 11th Light Horse Regiment. In September 1918 in Palestine he was killed in action at Semakh in the 11th Regiment’s last major operation of the war. He was buried at Semakh Military Cemetery but after the war his body was exhumed and reinterred at Haifa Military Cemetery.