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Lawrence Gordon Lyon

Rank: Lieutenant
Town/Village: Halifax, Ontario, Canada
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Country: Canada
Alternative Address: Edgeworthstown; Kilcommock Glebe, Kenagh, Co. Longford;
Census 1901: Resident at Kilcommock Glebe
Census 1911: Resident in Kilcommock Glebe
Regiment/Unit: Royal Canadian Regiment
Regiment Number: 477554
Date of Death: 11-09-1918
Cause: Died of Wounds, No. 9 Canadian Field Ambulance
Memorial: Vis-En-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt, France

Lawrence was born in Edgeworthstown, likely in the Old Rectory on 28 March 1894, the son of Rev. Lyon and his Australian-born wife Louisa. Rev. Lyon served in Mostrim parish between 1891 and 1897, before transferring to Kilcommock Church of Ireland parish between 1897 and 1917, where Lawrence lived until c.1912. He then emigrated to Canada** where he joined the Canadian Bank of Commerce in June 1912, working as an accountant prior to the war. His father had earlier served as a clergyman in Quebec.

His biography in Letters From The Front 1914-1919, published by the Bank of Commerce, Canada
Lyon, Lawrence Gordon – Lieutenant. Born 28th March, 1895. Father, Rev. Paul T. Lyon, Church of England Clergyman. Entered the service of the Bank, 8th June 1912. Enlisted August, 1914, from Kitscoty branch, in Canadian Cavalry Depot, with the rank of Private. Transferred to Royal Canadian Regiment [in 1915]; 26th Canadian Reserve Battalion. Promoted Lieutenant. Wounded , 7th October, 1916.Died of Wounds, 11th September, 1918.[sic]

While Lawrence was wounded in November 1916, it is likely that he recovered and all indications are that he was died from wounds received in action when his unit was south of Saudemont. Lawrence's brother, Wallace Adlebert served with the Indian Army during the period of the Great War and after. 

Parents Names: Son of Rev. Paul Kemp Lyon and Louisa (née Crawford), Lower Sapey, Clifton-on-Teme, Worcester.
Notes: **Likely on the S.S. Royal Edward. May have travelled with a W.W. Cooper from Avonmouth.

Link to CWGC entry; CEF army record; Civil Record of Birth. registered 1895; Canadian Virtual War Memorial; Canadian Great War Project; Regimental Rogue;

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