Herbert ‘Bert’ Arthur Lyons

July 20, 2015

LYONS, Herbert- -‘Bert’ Arthur- – – – SPC 1903-1909

DoB:- – 1892, East Ballarat, VIC

Father:- – James Lyons, 1105 Sturt Street, Ballarat

Mother:- – Frances, nee Hooley

Bert Lyons attended St Patrick’s with his brothers who also enlisted in the AIF -“ James Edward (SPC 1899-1904) and Roy Leslie (SPC 1908-1909). As well as being a keen cricketer, Bert was also interested in the violin and drama.

Service No:- 9641

Rank:- – Private

Unit:- – 6th Field Ambulance

Bert Lyons enlisted on 23 July 1915. He was 23 years and six months old, five feet, 11 inches tall, with a dark complexion, grey eyes and dark hair. He was a single man, whose occupation was chemist assistant. He was serving his apprenticeship with Mr E Malyon, Chemist, in Sturt Street, Ballarat.

Private Lyons embarked from Melbourne aboard the Wiltshire, on 7 March 1916, disembarking at Serapeum, Egypt on 26 April. After undergoing further training in Egypt, he proceeded from Alexandria to Marseilles, France on 4 June 1916. He was wounded in action, sustaining a gunshot wound to his right ankle on 3 September, and was transferred from Boulogne to England for treatment.

For the remainder of his service, Bert Lyons was stationed in England. He returned to Australia on 14 February 1919 aboard the Bakara.

After returning to Australia, Bert Lyons resumed his career as an assistant chemist. He moved to Perth, WA where he appears in the electoral rolls until his death on 3 March, 1958, aged 66. He married Honoria May, but the College could not establish if any children were born to the couple.

He was buried at Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth, WA.