Roy Leslie Lyons

July 20, 2015

LYONS, Roy Leslie- – – – SPC 1908-1909

DoB:- – 1898, East Ballarat, VIC

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

Mother:- – Frances, nee Hooley

Roy Lyons attended St Patrick’s with his brothers who also enlisted in the AIF -“ Herbert Arthur (SPC 1903-1909) and James Edward (SPC 1899-1904). Roy was a keen cricketer while at SPC.

Service No:- 13315

Rank:- – Private

Unit:- – 12th Field Ambulance

Roy Lyons enlisted on 10 July 1915, aged 18 years and seven months. He was five feet, eight and three quarter inches tall, with a fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair. He was a single man whose occupation was clerk.

He arrived at Serapeum, Egypt on 20 April 1916 and underwent a couple of months of training before heading to Marseilles with his unit. He arrived in France on 11 June 1916, and the following month was admitted to hospital with blistered feet, and tonsillitis. On 26 July he was transferred to the Divisional Rest Station to allow his blistered feet to heal.

On 7 August 1916, Private Lyons was discharged to duty at Rouen. He seemed to be plagued with problems with his feet, as in April 1917 he was admitted to the CCS in the field in France with corns and bunions. By 12 September 1917, he was diagnosed with hammer toe, a condition which resulted in his being discharged from the service as medically unfit.

Private Roy Lyons was returned to Australia on the Anchises in November 1917 and discharged from the army on 4 February 1918, medically unfit for duty.

The College was unable to trace what happened to Roy Leslie Lyons after his return to Australia.