John Thomas Lyons
2419 Pte. J.T. Lyons, Royal West Surrey Regiment.
Queen’s South Africa Medal clasp Relief of Ladysmith.
Injured in action Colenso 15 December 1899 & invalided.
With eight photocopy pages of service documents, a CD-ROM containing 134 pages of
pension invalidity papers and a photocopy of the medal roll page. John Thomas Lyons
enlisted under the false name of Henry Lacey at Guildford 26 September 1888. Born
St. James’s, London. Occupation porter. Between 1889 and 1895 had 28 entries in the
defaulters book for various offences including one of “making away with rations
belonging to the sergeants’ mess”. Transferred to Army Reserve 8 April 1898. Conduct
very good. Recalled to army service 9 October 1899.

Suffered concussion from an exploding shell in the firing line at Colenso which rendered
him unconscious for ten days. Conduct good. A medical examination in September 1900
stated that he was suffering from shock and neurasthenia. He was nervous, twitchy and
had a loss of power down his right side. Discharged medically unfit for further service
at Aldershot 16 November 1900. A medical examination in November 1901 stated that
he was still suffering from nervous shock, was partly paralysed in his right arm and leg
and his speech was affected. His disability was assessed as 50% and considered equal to
the loss of a limb.

A medical examination in November 1902 came to the same conclusion but another in
January 1920 found his condition much improved and assessed his disability as less than
20%. Re-enlisted as 6187 in the Royal Army Pay Corps at Exeter 19 March 1915 but
did not serve abroad. Demobilised 28 July 1920. Died of collapsed lung and auricular
fibrillation at Isleworth 16 November 1950. Served in 2nd Battalion in South Africa.