William Charles LYONS


LYONS, William Charles

Service Number: 716
Enlisted: 23 November 1914, Oaklands, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Mount Gambier, South Australia, 25 April 1889
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Accidental (shot whilst on leave), Cairo, Egypt, 9 March 1916, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

23 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 716, Oaklands, South Australia
2 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 716, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 716, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, SS Hessen, Melbourne
9 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 716, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
15 May 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 716, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW (slight)

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Served as William Charles Lyons


No details were listed. William was accidentally shot whilst on leave by MPs who were tracking down AWOL soldiers, they fired at them and one of the bullets ricocheted on the pavement and hit William in the chest, he died some days later with his brother by his side.

Service Record (recordsearch.naa.gov.au) and Embarkation Roll (www.awm.gov.au) shows name as Wiliam Charles Lyons, while the AWM Roll of Honour (www.awm.gov.au) records his name as Michael William Charles Lyons, and his birth record shows he was born Michael Lyons. The newspaper article below refers to him as Michael W. Lyons.


A member of the 2nd Reinforcements of the 3rd Light Horse, Private Michael W. Lyons died in Cairo on March 9, after having seen seven and a half months' service in the trenches at Gallipoli. He was twice wounded, and after the evacuation of the peninsula he returned to Egypt. He was a son of Mrs. Lyons, Grote-street, Adelaide, who has three other sons at the front, Privates J. H. and P. Lyons, of the Miners' Corps, and Private R. J. Lyons, of the Light Horse."From the Adelaide Chronicle 01 Apr 1916 (nla.gov.au)

His three enlisted brothers were;

632 Sapr. John Henry Joseph Lyons (/explore/people/141261)

633 Sapr. Patrick Peter Lyons (/explore/people/330617)

2660 Pte. Michael Lyons (/explore/people/342660)

All three returned home from service abroad.