LYONS, Frederick Henry (1892-1972)

Born in September 1892 at Port Melbourne. The third of seven children of Thomas Lyon and Sarah Clark. Sarah was the sister of Mrs Albert Ayres of Dixons Creek. Fred Lyons attended the Dixons Creek school.

Amongst the earliest to enlist to join the Australian Expeditionary Forces in 1914 Fred enlisted on 20 August.. The family were then living in Albert Park and he was a 22 year old labourer. Fred left Australia on 21 October 1914 with the 5th Battalion. He was sent to Gallipoli in April 1915 and while there suffered a bullet wound to his neck. After hospital care he returned to Gallipoli and fell ill with influenza and dysentery. In August 1915 Fred was sent to England. He rejoined his unit in Egypt and later was sent to France. On 20 January 1917 he was promoted to Lance Corporal and a month later to Corporal. In November 1917 Fred received gunshot wounds to his chest and right leg and was eventually sent to England and from there returned to Australia. Fred was discharged from the army on 25 July 1918.  

In 1922 Fred married Elsie Lucas.