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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Lyons, Stewart

Acting Captain Stewart Lyons
was born in Portrush on 17th January 1895.  

He was the son of Robert S Lyons and Ellen M Lyons.  In 1901, Lyons was living in house 27, Mark Street, Portrush, Co. Antrim.  He was of Presbyterian faith.  By 1911, their property was known as house 19, Mark Street, Portrush, Co. Antrim.  He is recorded as an unemployed Bank Clerk. 
Lyons joined Northern Bank on 5th January 1912 at Head Office.   Transfers followed with Royal Avenue (1912), Drumshanbo (1912) and Magherafelt (1913). 

On ‘Ulster Day’, Saturday, 28th September 1912, Lyons signed the Ulster Covenant at the City Hall, Belfast giving his address as The Bank, Drumshanks, (Co. Leitrim). 
On 30th June 1915, Lyons volunteered and enlisted into the 12th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.  He was promoted to Corporal before being gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 12th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.  He served with the British Expeditionary Force, was posted to the 9th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and then promoted to Lieutenant before being transferred to the 11th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.  Promotion to Acting Captain came later.  Lyons saw action at the Somme 1916 (Thiepval) and the Allied Advance 1918.  He suffered 2 gunshot wounds before being demobilised in April 1919. 

The Belfast News Letter of 18th September 1918 reports:

Following demobilisation, Lyons rejoined the Northern Bank on 12th May 1919 at Ball’s Branch.  Transfers followed to Newry (1920), Londonderry (1922), Omagh (1927), Grafton Street (1930), Boyle (1933) and Bray (1940). 

Northern Banking Company Limited, Londonderry

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