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LYONS – Michael 68th Light Infantry and 49th Regiment

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68th Regiment Glengarry Badge
49th Regiment of Foot
Crimean War Medal reverse-obverse
Turkish Crimea Medal
NameLYONS – Michael
Regiment (s)68th Light Infantry and 49th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1517 – 68th Regiment
3507 – 49th Regiment
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
20th March 1839 / 19 years / Tralee Kerry Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 8 in
Fair / Grey / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationMalta
Length of Service15 years 173 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 3rd July 1855 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsPossibly Crimean and Crimean Turkish
Intended Residence at
Not Stated
Pension Districts1855 Tralee
1860 Galway
1860 Galway
1862-1872 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
6th October 1861 Portland England via Cape of Good Hope
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
LINCELLES 28th January 1862
Date/Place of Birthc1820 Glainbugh Killorglin Kerry Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Date/Place of Marriage5th September 1864 St. Patrick’s Fremantle WA
Children by 1st WifePatrick b 27 March 1867 Fremantle Western Australia
Bp 28 March 1867
D 1937 Mildura Victoria
Stephan Thomas b 26 December 1868 Fremantle WA
Bp 6 January 1869
M HARRIS Bridget 1907 Victoria
D February 1936 Heidelberg Victoria
Mary B 11 August 1870 Fremantle Western Australia
Bp 21 August 1870
Margaret b 27 October 1871 Fremantle Western Australia
Bp 29 October 1871
M RIDGWAY William 1890 Victoria
D 1927 Richmond Victoria
Mary Minnie born 1872
Died 1872 aged 1 month
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
KELLY Thomas
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Margaret Kelly (The Herald 29/06/1872)
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Warder Hospital Compounder Convict establishment
Newspaper ArticlesThe Herald Saturday 29 June 1872 page 3 Lengthy article about the suicide of Michael Lyons from the effects of ingestion of strychnine and inhalation of Chloroform
Inquirer and Commercial News Perth Wednesday 17th July 1872 – page 2
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial22nd June 1872 Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge: “loss of power in left arm from gunshot wound to shoulder”
British Army, Worldwide Index
1841 1517 Sergeant 68th regt. Location Ashton under Lyme
1851 1517 Sergeant 68th regt. Location MaltaHe transferred from the 68th to the 49th at Valetta Malta 3rd April 1854.
His pension was paid from the Patriotic Fund which indicates he was wounded at Crimea.
The day previous to his suicide Michael had been stood down from his occupation as compounder at the hospital by his superior.
After Michael’s death his widow Mary and family travelled to South Australia where on 10th September 1878 she married Thomas Bradshaw at St. Andrew’s manse in Adelaide. Later they travelled to Victoria where she died 6th November 1900 at South Yarra. Her father throughout all this is recorded as Thomas Kelly.