Laurence (Larry) Lynch was born in Greymouth – one of four sons who all joined the New Zealand Army.
From RF Cadets he was selected to attend the Royal Military College, Duntroon in Australia where he was awarded the Sword of Honour as top cadet.
After several postings, including two years active service in Malaysia, he returned there in May 1968 to prepare for the arrival, in November, of V4 Company (who he would command in Vietnam).
Larry served over 30 years in the Army, finally retiring to Canberra in 1991. He died in 1999, aged 63, following a three-year struggle with emphysema.