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Private Thomas Berry Lyons



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Thomas Berry Lyons, an apprentice linen lapper of Donegall Avenue, Belfast, was born in Belfast on 9 March 1896, son of bricklayer Thomas Lyons and his wife Elizabeth Jane (nee Smith).

He enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Antrim on 11 November 1915 (No.1846) and was sent to France as a reinforcement for the 1st or 2nd Regiments in 1916 or 1917. On 20 September 1917 Lyons was transferred to the 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers - renamed the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion - when the 2nd Regiment was dismounted and absorbed into that battalion (No.41325). He was posted to C Company.

Lyons was wounded during the Battle of Cambrai in November or December 1917. Having recovered from his wound he rejoined his unit. He was killed in action between 21 and 28 March 1918 during the retreat from St Quentin in the German ‘Kaiserschlacht’ offensive, aged 22. Having no known grave, he is commemorated at Pozieres Memorial, panel 77. It is possible that his body is one of two unidentified North Irish Horsemen who lie in the Grand Seraucourt British Cemetery.


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