Horace William Lyon

95653, Driver Horace William Lyon, age 23
31st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
Died 04 May 1915

Driver 95653, 31st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 04/05/1915. Age 23.

 

Son of William John Lyon and Elizabeth nee Woods of 44 King Street, Walton, Felixstowe. The third of six children, Horace was working as a pork butcher at the time of the 1911 census. His older brother William Stephen died 17 Jun 1921 of pneumonia while serving with the 1st Battalion Suffolk Regiment in India (CWGC) but is not on the Felixstowe memorial. One of his younger brothers Frank served in the Royal Navy in both the First & Second World War. The youngest brother Charles also had a prolific Royal Navy career retiring just before the Second World War.

The 31st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery were in action at the Second Battle of Ypres. During the Battle of St. Julien (24 April to 5 May) the 31st had withdrawn to positions West & South of La Brique and were reported in action by 2.30 am on the 3rd May. Lieutenant Colonel Kelly was wounded in the leg, Driver Lyons killed, Bombardier Midwinter & 2 Lieutenant Benham were wounded. Horace is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

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Horace William Lyon

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Royal Field Artillery

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1914-1915 Star

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

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Extract from Suffolk Regiment War Diary

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Pension Record

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Medal Card