MONICA LYNCH
AMERICAN RED CROSS WORKER
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WW2

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Photo:- Monica Lynch Kickham

Monica Lynch outside in Exhibition Street, Melbourne.

Monica Lynch was an American Red Cross worker in the American Red Cross Service Club which was located in Centenary House on the corner of Exhibition Street and Little Collins Street, Melbourne.

Monica Lynch met her her future husband, Captain Edward Kickham, M.D., on the boat to Australia. Edward Kickham was a battalion medical officer. They were married during the war in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia whilst on leave from New Guinea. They were also based in the Philippines during the war. Monica and Edward Kickham went on to raise nine children.


Photo:- Jack Heyn

Monica A. Lynch outside American Red Cross Service Club in Melbourne

Jack Heyn, a photographer with the 3rd Bomb Group wrote of his memories of his time in Melbourne:-

"There were lots of interesting places for a guy that had been away from civilization for a spell, to see. The No. 1 hangout that first week was the Am. Red Cross Club, where a pretty little Red Cross worker from the States was one of the hostesses, Monica A. Lynch. Would spend considerable time on the dance floor with her that first week."


Photo:- Jack Heyn

Colourised version of the photo below

 


Photo:- Jack Heyn

Monica A. Lynch, sitting on the balcony of the American Red Cross Service Club in Melbourne

 


Photo:- Monica Lynch Kickham

Monica Lynch outside the American Red Cross building in Exhibition Street, Melbourne

 


Photo:- Monica Lynch Kickham

At the 4th General Hospital in Melbourne

 


Photo:- Monica Lynch Kickham

Monica Lynch outside the 5th Air Force Officers Club in Melbourne
Does anyone know where this was located?

 


Photo:- Monica Lynch Kickham

Close-up of the above photo

 


Photo:- Monica Lynch Kickham

Monica Lynch outside in Exhibition Street, Melbourne. You can see the
Australian Comforts Fund building across the road in the background.
Note the clock in the background and refer to the photo below.

 


Photo:- Bruce Buchan

Is that the same clock which can be seen in the side street. That is the former
American Red Cross Service Club where the Subway shop is now located.

 


Photo:- Monica Lynch Kickham

Steps leading down to a public toilet in Melbourne. Note the Gas Producer on the vehicle
beside the toilet.  Monica labelled this as a photo of a "Public Johnnie". The large building in the
background is the Hotel Windsor at 111 Spring Street, Melbourne which was built in 1883.

 


Photo:- Monica Lynch Kickham

St Patrick's Cathedral and the Parliament Building in Melbourne

 


Photo:- Monica Lynch Kickham

Yarra River in Melbourne. Signs that can be seen in the photograph include Regent
Theatre, Melbourne Ferries, Nicks ? Launches, Ball & Welch, T & G Life

 


Photo:- Monica Lynch Kickham

Monica Lynch awaiting assignment at the 118th General Hospital, Sydney

 


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Monica Lynch with Mary Blaschke on 14 July 1944 at the 227th Station Hospital Red Cross Recreation Hall

 


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Monica Lynch with Mary Blaschke in New Guinea July 1944

 


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Monica Lynch and Jack Benny in New Guinea on 3 August 1944

 


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Monica Lynch working in the Ladava Club, Milne Bay on 23 December 1944

 


Photo:- Monica Lynch Kickham

Milne Bay, New Guinea to serve with the 227th Station Hospital 29 May 1944

 

Newspaper Article

From Saginaw
To San Tomas

That's Trail For Saginaw
Red Cross Worker, Monica
Lynch Kickham.

MANILA - It's a. long way from Saginaw, Michigan, to the Santo Tomas internment camp here, but that's the trail Mrs. Monica Lynch Kickham followed after joining the overseas staff of the American Red Cross 18 months ago, and it hasn't been the shortest line between two points.

Together with ten other Red Cross workers, Mrs. Kickham, who met Captain Edward F. Kickham aboard ship en route to Australia 16 months ago and married him in Sydney a year later, was flown here from Leyte by the army to assist with civilian relief.

As assistant at the Red Cross message and information counter inside the main entrance of the huge internment camp, formerly a university building, Mrs. Kickham is busy all day long sorting and delivering mail to liberated internees, forwarding messages to evacuated prisoners of War, handing out comfort articles and reading matter, and attempting to answer the thousand-and-one questions asked by people cut off from the rest of the world for three years.

"Though soap was extremely scarce, the internees somehow managed to keep themselves clean and their clothes neat," observed the Red Cross woman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James J. Lynch, 5347 Genesee, Saginaw, and former executive secretary to the Michigan agent of the Gulf Refining Company.

Upon her arrival in the southwest Pacific, Mrs. Kickham was assigned as staff assistant at the Red Cross Service Club in Melbourne. Since then she has seen service at an army station hospital and a navy recreation hut in Milne Bay. New Guinea, followed by a brief period as director of the first Red Cross club in the Philippines, established in Tacloban, capital city of Leyte.

Her husband's home is at 657 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brookline, Mass.

 


Photo:- Monica Lynch Kickham

Quezon Boulevard Airstrip, Manila unloading Red Cross supplies - February 1945

 


Photo:- Monica Lynch Kickham

American red Cross workers arriving in Manila on 13 February 1945

 


Photo:- Monica Lynch Kickham

Monica Lynch Kickham at Nichols Field, Manila - First internees from Santa Tomas, Los Banos, and Bilibid Prisons

 

Philippine Liberation Ribbon presented to Monica Lynch Kickham

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Edward F. Kickham and Kathy Kickham who are both children of Monica Lynch Kickham for their assistance with this web page.

I'd also like to thank Jack Heyn and Bruce Buchan for their assistance with this web page.

 

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