Warrant Officer John Lyons served in the Canadian Military Staff Clerk during WW2, in the first official United Nations mission in Egypt and post-WW2 in Canada. He is entitled to the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (without clasp), the War Medal 1939-45, United Nations Emergency Force Medal (Egypt), the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, the Efficiency Medal and the Canadian Decoration with clasp. His enlistment number is C-96293
He also worked for the Canadian Government as a civil servant and he is entitled to the Canadian Government Long and Efficiency Service Medallion.
Born in Ontario, Canada on February 21, 1921
Hair : brown Religion : Presbyterian Trade : Civil servant
Height : 5′ 11″ Weight : 165 Eyes : blue
Prior to his enlistment he had a background in commercial school having completed his grade XI commercial course. He was working for the National Defence for 2 years before enlistment as a civil servant. He also served in the Governor’s General Foot Guards from October 1937 until June 16 1940.
June 17, 1940 : He enlisted in the Active Force
June 21, 1941 : He was promoted to the rank of acting-corporal without pay
May 1, 1942 : He was promoted to the rank of Corporal
May 18 : He was transferred to Kingston to the Fingerprinting and Photographing Section
August 8 : He was promoted to the rank of Acting Sergeant
October 1 : He was transferred to St-John, New-Brunswick
October 30 : He was transferred to Vancouver, British-Columbia
January 19, 1943 : He was transferred to Petawawa, Ontario
March 1 : Promoted to the rank of Sergeant
July 10 : He was transferred to Montreal, Quebec
December 7 : He was transferred back to Ottawa
December 16 : He was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal ribbon
December 10 : He was transferred to Debert, Nova Scotia
April 29, 1944 : He was transferred to Ottawa
June 15, 1945 : Married Corporal Marjorie Ella Prentice (W-21581)
August 18 : He received his Efficiency Medal (G.O. 223)
December 12 : He was accepted for the Interim Force
July 1, 1946 : He received his War Service Badge “General Service class” no 1466607
September 2 : He received his War Medal 1939-45
August 27, 1947 : He was demobilized from the Active Force and re-engaged on the same day in the Permanent Forces with the rank of Private. He was living at 226 Lyon street in Carleton, Ontario
July 12, 1951 : He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant
1953 : His wife Marjorie left him, Noranda, Quebec. Together they had two children, Barry and Brian.
September 23, 1957 : Left Canada for Italy and disembarked in Egypt on September 27th with the UNEF mission. he was there for 12 months.
June 1, 1958 : He received his United Nations Emergency Force Medal
October 6 : He arrived in Canada from Egypt. He was posted to Ottawa with the office of the Judge Advocate General.
July 24, 1961 : He was transferred to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
September 3, 1962 : He was promoted to the rank of acting Staff-Sergeant
August 1, 1963 : He was promoted to Staff-Sergeant
November 1, 1965 : He was transferred to Ottawa. By that time he had remarried
September 3, 1968 : He was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer. His Canadian Decoration was issued to him between that date and December 17
December 17 : He was discharged from the army.
Warrant Officer John Lyons discharge certificate (front and back)
1984 : He received the Long and Efficiency Service Medallion denoting 35 years service as a civil servant for the Canadian Government.
June 7, 1984 : Died. He is buried in Beechwood cemetery in Ottawa section A, range 96, gr 41. His last address was 2 Goulburn Crescent, Ottawa and was still a civil servant. He is buried with his father but the gravestone does not have his name on it. The obituary does mention that he was married to Rita Marchildon making her his second wife.
March 12, 2002 : He received the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal posthumously.
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