(Service number 64086)

First Rank Private Last Rank Corporal


Date 30 January 1887 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 27 February 1917 Age 30 years 1 month
Address at Enlistment 102 Cuba Street, Palmerston North
Occupation Railway shunter
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Timothy LYONS (father), Winchester
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 7½ inches. Weight 155 lbs. Chest measurement 34½-38½ inches. Complexion dark. Eyes blue. Hair dark brown. Sight - right eye 6/12, left eye normal. Hearing and colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated (left). Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 32nd Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Regiment, B Company
Date 22 November 1917
Transport Willochra
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 20 August 1919 Reason Termination of period of engagement.

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Post-war Occupations


Date 4 November 1958 Age 72 years
Place of Death Hawera
Memorial or Cemetery Hawera Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Block LXXXI, Plot 10959
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John LYONS was the son of Timothy and Mary (née KEEFE) LYONS. His brothers Dennis Francis, Miachael and Timothy all served in World War I.


Cenotaph Database [11 October 2015]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5544 0070177) [11 October 2015]; Hawera Cemetery burial records (South Taranaki District Council) [16 October 2015]; Manawatu Times, 14 February 1917, Dominion, 15 July 1919, Timaru Herald, 19 July 1919 (Papers Past) [16 October 2015]

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