Irish World War I-era poet known for Songs of the Fields and Songs of Peace. His complete poems were published posthumously in 1919.
He left school at age thirteen and worked a number of odd jobs in the mining, farming, and construction industries.
He died in combat during the World War I Battle of Passchendaele.
He was one of nine children born to Patrick Ledwidge, Sr. and Anne Lynch. When his father died in the early 1890s, five-year-old Lynch was forced to enter the workforce alongside his mother and siblings.
His literary patron Lord Dunsany introduced him to William Butler Yeats.