LYNETTE RAMSAY SILVER AM, MBE is an author and military historian. Often referred to as a “history detective”, she is a recognised expert in identifying graves of servicemen killed in action or who died as prisoners of war and to date has identified the graves of 41 military personnel who were buried as ‘unknown’. Each Anzac Day she organises a tour for POW relatives to Sabah and also accompanies trekking groups along the Sandakan-Ranau death march track, ‘lost’ for 60 years and which she located and re-established with trekking expert Mr. Tham Yau Kong.
Lynette has received a Defence Forces Commendation and Medal from Special Operations Command Australia, for her work during the 60th Anniversary of a wartime mission known as Operation Jaywick, the first civilian ever to receive this prestigious award. In January 2004 she was also awarded an OAM in the Australia Day Honours for her services to veterans and their families for her work on Sandakan. This was followed in 2009 by a Ministerial Special Award from the Sabah Government for her research in tracing the fate of more than 2,500 POWs who died in Borneo.
In 2019, Lynette was made a Member of the Order of Australia; with her husband Neil Silver for initiating several philanthropic and educational projects in Sabah to better the life of the local people.
In 2022, Lynette was appointed an honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in recognition of her services to British personnel who died in the Second World War and their families.
She lives in Sydney and has two children and is the grandmother of three. When not researching and writing Lynette’s time is fully occupied in consultative work with various organisations, raising money for her projects, public speaking, and accompanying tour groups to Singapore and Sabah. When she is ‘retired’, she hopes to take up painting again.
Other books include A Fool’s Gold?, The Battle of Vinegar Hill, Fabulous Furphies, The Heroes of Rimau, Krait the Fishing Boat that went to War, Sandakan: A Conspiracy of Silence, The Bridge at Parit Sulong, Marcel Caux: A Life Unraveled, Blood Brothers, Deadly Secrets: The Singapore raids 1942-45, In the Mouth of the Tiger co-authored with Derek Emerson-Elliot, Billy: My Life as a Teenage POW co-authored with Billy Young, Angel of Mercy: Far West Far East and recently At War With My Father.