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Lyon J C G  Pte 135

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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918



All-Australian Memorial - Victoria.  Australia's fighting Families, p 47.


Lyon J C G   Pte  135    John Charles Gordon   4 LHR    27    Salesman    Single    C of E        

Address: Moonee Ponds, Wilson St, 58A   

Next of Kin: Lyon, H, father, 58A Wilson St, Moonee Ponds    

Enlisted: 18 Aug 1914        

Embarkation: A18 Wiltshire 19 Oct 1914   


Returned to Australia per Ulysses for a rest, 2 Feb 1916


Lyon J C G   Pte R135 John Charles Gordon  4LHR  27 Stockmam Single Anglican

Next of Kin: Lyon H, father, 58A Primrose St, Moonee Ponds

Enlisted: 18 Aug 1914

Embarkation: A6 Clan MacCorquordale 6 May 1916




Lyon H C Pte 1254 brother    



LYON Parents: Harry U. and Elizabeth J. Lyon, 58a Primrose St, Moonee Ponds . J. C. G. Lyon, Cpl., " A" Sq., 4th Light Horse Reg.; s. of Harry U. and the late Lillie Alisan Lyon; b. at Essendon, Aug. 4, 1887; educ. Essendon SS.: driver ; enl. Melb. , Aug. 13 , 1914. War service: Gallipoli (16 wks. in trenches; inv. to Egypt): Palestine, etc.


All-Australian Memorial - Victoria.  Australia's fighting Families, p 47-48


Inspector H. U. Lyon has received letters from his two sons, both of whom are members of the Australian Light Horse. Trooper Gordon Lyon, after 13 weeks in the trenches at Gallipoli, has been invalided to Heliopolis, Egypt. He is suffering from shrapnel wounds and shock, and on arrival in Egypt he was in hospital for six weeks. Unfortunately for the young soldier, enteric fever supervened on his other illness, and he has been sent to Port Said, and later on expects to either go to England or return home.  Trooper Clive Lyon has arrived in Egypt after what he describes as a good passage. When he arrived, with the 4th Reinforcements of the Light Horse, he made inquiries for his brother and succeeded in seeing Gordon in hospital. He found him in unsatisfactory state of health, his temperature when seen, owing to the fever he was being treated for, registering 103 deg. The patient shortly afterwards showed improvement, and was sent on to Port Said, as stated above.


WITH THE COLOURS. (1915, December 31). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 5 Edition: Morning.. Retrieved January 21, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74591326




The esteem in which Pt. Gordon Lyon (4th Light Horse) is held by the Ramblers was exemplified last Saturday at Essendon, when he was presented with a silver-mounted whip. The evening took the form of a welcome home, and at the same time a farewell. Pt. G. Lyon is leaving for the front again on or about the 28th of this month. The toast of The King was proposed by the chairman, Mr. A. G. E. Smith. The presentation fell to the lot of Mr. Geo. Dobson, who said if it had not been for the work of our men who had left Australia to fight our battles for us, we would be in a very bad way. There is little need to say how proud the Ramblers were of their mate. They trusted Pte. Lyon would come back again safely. The whip will help to remind him that there are friends at home ever thinking of him. The speaker stated his willingness to enlist on May 1st, and if accepted, he would have to leave a wife and four children. (Applause.)


In responding, Pte. G. Lyon said he was glad the Ramblers had given an evening, and pleased beyond description with the whip. Mr. Dobson spoke of the spirit in which it was given, and that was everything. Pt. Lyon gave a review of the war as he had seen it--humour and pathos. The men here did not seem to understand that there is more in life than pleasure and money-making. He was glad to hear that one of their number had that day enlisted. He would be a better man for having done so. He would keep the whip close by him, and it would take a good man to take it from him. He thanked all for their good wishes. (Applause.)


The next toast fell to Mr. Stan Jennings. He said one of our members, Mr. Walter Smith, had enlisted, and been referred to the Dental Board. He wished him success, and was sure he would uphold the good name of Australia. (Hear, hear.) Mr. Walter Smith has since passed the Board, and has been accepted. In responding, Mr. Walter Smith, said he only hoped he would pass the Dental Board, and be able to do his share of what has to be done. The chairman proposed the toast of "Our Guest.'' They all knew the sacrifice he made when he enlisted. He had offered his life in defence of our homes, and had not counted the cost. It was men like Pt. Lyon who were making history. He was one of the first to offer himself. They were sure he would make good if he got a chance. It was a pity that the best of our manhood should go, but such is war. Mr. Stevens, who has returned from the front, supported the toast, and said he was unable to return to the front. He wanted to say that Pte. Lyon was a game man. He knew what war was, and was going back with a smile. (Applause.)


Pt. Lyon responded, and said he could say no more than he had already said. He thanked all for their kind remarks. Much of the pleasure of the evening was due to Mr. Stan Jennings and Mr. Walter Smith, both of whom rendered vocal items. The National Anthem brought the evening to a close.


WELCOME & FAREWELL. (1916, March 23). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 5 Edition: Morning.. Retrieved January 28, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74592345



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