Victor Edward Lyons
Victor Edward Lyons, Enlistment No. 2046, was initially enlisted in the 10th Light Horse Regiment but later transferred to the 10th Field Artillery Brigade with the rank of Gunner. He enlisted on the 15th November 1915 at Blackboy Hill. He was born in 1882 in Sydney NSW to parents Frederick Laming Lyons and Jane Davidson Hoore. His occupation was given as farmer and his embarkation record shows he lived at Dangin via York. Victor embarked at Fremantle on the 16th February 1916 on HMAT “Warilda”. It is unclear in the service records but can be assumed Victor travelled to England where he did his training then transferred to the Field Artillery. He was a mustered driver until sent to France on the 15th June 1916 where he would have seen action at Pozier and Mouquet Farm. By his own request Victor became a Gunner in early November 1916 however on the 10th January 1917 Victor succumbed to both Influenza and Bronchitis. He was sent back to England to recover, not returning to France until 19th June 1917 when he rejoined his unit in late June.
Victor would have seen action at Menin Rd, Polygon Woods and the first Passchendaele before a few months later on the 26th October 1917 Victor again succumbed to Bronchitis and returned to recuperate in England. His condition was deemed to be chronic after he spent many months convalescing in England so he was repatriated back to Australia on the 17th June 1918 and discharged on the 5th September 1918.
Victor returned to farming at Dangin on his return then moved down south to Argyle near Donnybrook where he became an orchardist. In 1929 Victor went overseas to Scotland where he arranged to bring Mary Rodgers back to WA, making her his wife in Candy, Ceylon. The couple returned to Fremantle via the ship Centaur on the 29th March 1929. They went to Donnybrook but shortly after in 1930 the couple moved to a property in Darlington where Victor managed the existing orchard which included mixed farming.
The couple had 7 children together and remained in Darlington until their deaths. Victor was involved in the local Masonic lodges in the Hills. He died in 1956 at Darlington, and was cremated with his ashes scattered at Karrakatta Cemetery WA. Mary remained at the property until her death in 1977 where she was also cremated and scattered at Karrakatta.
Mary and Victor Lyons in Candy, Ceylon 1929
“Brookside” Darlington (12 Leithdale Rd), Lyons family property 1930- present
Stamp templates to mark bags and boxes of produce from the property
Courtesy Lyn Myles and Roger Lyons (photos)