|Place of birth
|Emmaville, New South Wales
|St Carthage's School, Lismore, New South Wales
|Ellerslie, Strachan Street, South Kensington, New South Wales
|Age at embarkation
|Next of kin
|Wife, Mrs Evelin Lyons, Ellerslie, Strachan Street, South Kensington, New South Wales
|Previous military service
|Served in New Guinea Expeditional Force.
|Rank on enlistment
|17th Battalion, B Company
|AWM Embarkation Roll number
|Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on
|Regimental number from Nominal Roll
|Rank from Nominal Roll
|Unit from Nominal Roll
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)
Meritorious Service Medal
|Other details from Roll of Honour Circular
|He left Australia 12th May 1915 with 17th Batt with which Batt he was connected till his death. He was twice wounded.
|Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding
|Passchendaele, Ypres, Belgium
|Age at death
|Place of burial
|No known grave
|The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from
|Parents: Patrick LYONS and Cecilia CONNOLLY (his wife); husband of Evelyn LYONS, 'Bromley', Arthur Street, Randwick, New South Wales. Native of Emmaville, New South Wales~
'During the attack on Hill 60, Gallipoli, he showed great coolness and presence of mind when under fire, attention being drawn to this fact by officers outside the Battalion. At Quinn's Post as Sergeant in charge of bombers, he proved very efficient and intrepid. His work in France has also been excellent.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Meritorious Service Medal
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack. Despite a heavy barrage, darkness, and mud, he got his men to their allotted positions on the jumping off tape with very few casualties. He led forward the first wave, and when all his platoon had become casualties collected spare men and consolidated a gap in the line. He captured fourteen prisoners and three machine guns.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
|Medals: Military Medal, Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal