Phillip Henry Lyons

Royal Marine Light Infantry

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Unit/Regiment Royal Marine Light Infantry
Battalion H.M.S. "Majestic."
Rank Private
Service Number PLY/10067
Theatre of War first served in
Date of entry therein
Age at Death 32
Date of Death 27/05/1915
Burial/Memorial Plymouth Naval Memorial, England
CWGC Family Details Son of John Jeremiah and Elizabeth Ann Lyons of Sowhill, Pontypool, Monmouth. Husband of Mary Elizabeth Lyons (nee Palmer).
Born Pontypool ,Mons. 16th December 1882
Enlisted Prior to the war, 15th December 1899
Resided 6, Wharf Road, Newport, Mons.
How Died Killed in action - aboard HMS Majestic, sunk by a submarine
Theatre of War Balkans
Medal Entitlement 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Phillip Henry Lyons' Story

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Phillip Henry Lyons was born in Pontypool on 16th December 1882 to Elizabeth Ann and Jeremiah Lyons.

Philip joined the Royal Navy on 15th December 1899, during this time he met and married his wife Mary Elizabeth Palmer. After serving his time he left and came to Newport in search of work, this he found at The Orb.


Phillip served on HMS Majestic. In February 1915 HMS Majestic was assigned to the Dardanelles Campaign, Gallipoli. HMS Majestic was supporting the allied landings at Gallipoli by costal bombardment, she was able to bring 99 wounded troops on board.

On 27th April, while stationed off Cape Helles Majestic was torpedoed. At around 6.45am the commander of the German submarine fired a single torpedo striking HMS Majestic and causing a huge explosion. The ship began to list to port and in nine minutes it had capsized killing 49 men.

Phillip Henry Lyons was killed in action on 27th April 1915 aged 32.