Herbert Lyon

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Admiral Herbert Lyon, C.B., Royal Navy, Retired (28 December, 1856 – 6 March, 1919) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Lyon was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 7 February, 1880.[1]

Lyon was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1894.[2]

Captain

Lyon was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1900.[3]

In December 1905, he became Captain of the armoured cruiser Bedford, remaining about three months. In March 1906 he was appointed in command of the armoured cruiser Cornwall.

He served as captain of Formidable from January 1907 until some time in 1908.

Lyon was appointed to the Tamar as Commodore, Second Class and naval officer in charge at Hong Kong on 18 August, 1908.[4] He was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to the King dated 5 November, vice Slade.[5]

Flag Rank

He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral dated 14 April, 1910.[6] In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 8 December, 1903, Lyon was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 25 January, 1913.[7]

Lyon was appointed in command of the yacht Safa-el-Bahr on 23 August, 1915, serving in the rank of Captain R.N.R.. Under his command, the yacht engaged an enemy submarine on 23 May, 1916. On 19 October, 1916, he ceded command of the yacht to assume an appointment for Charge of Auxiliary Patrol vessels, Malta, advancing to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 24 October, 1915.[8] Lyon's work at Malta concluded at the end of the war, in November, 1918. Of his service, Rear-Admiral G. A. Ballard recorded that Lyon "has carried out the duties of Commodore Commanding all vessel employed in escort duties at Malta, in a highly satisfactory manner. The force under his orders (subject to my general supervision) has been comprised of the smaller vessels of all classes, including destroyeds, sloops & trawlers, and has averages a total No of not less than 70 for the last two years of the war."[9]

On the occasion of the King's birthday he was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Civil Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 3 June, 1918.[10]

He was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 1 January, 1919.[11]

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Arthur J. Horsley
Captain of H.M.S. Pelican
7 Jan, 1898[12]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Archibald J. Pocklington
Captain of H.M.S. Cleopatra
1 Feb, 1899[13] – 11 Jan, 1901[14][15]
Succeeded by
Robert K. McAlpine
Preceded by
Thomas H. M. Jerram
Captain of H.M.S. Curacoa
1 Feb, 1899[16]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
George M. Henderson
Captain of H.M.S. Sirius
16 Jul, 1901[17] – 24 Aug, 1901[18]
Succeeded by
Charles H. H. Moore
Preceded by
William W. Hewett
Captain of H.M.S. Retribution
5 Jun, 1902[19] – 30 Sep, 1904[20]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
George A. Primrose
Captain of H.M.S. Trafalgar
25 Apr, 1905[21] – 27 Dec, 1905[22]
Succeeded by
Charles D. Granville
Preceded by
Richard H. Peirse
Captain of H.M.S. Bedford
28 Dec, 1905[23] – 8 Mar, 1906[24]
Succeeded by
Charles H. Robertson
Preceded by
Charles H. Robertson
Captain of H.M.S. Cornwall
9 Mar, 1906[25] – 24 Jan, 1907[26]
Succeeded by
Archibald P. Stoddart
Preceded by
Ernest A. Simons
Captain of H.M.S. Formidable
25 Jan, 1907[27] – 17 Aug, 1908[28]
Succeeded by
Reginald A. Allenby
Preceded by
Robert H. S. Stokes
Commodore in Charge at Hong Kong
18 Aug, 1908[29][30] – 19 Aug, 1910[31]
Succeeded by
Cresswell J. Eyres
 

Footnotes

  1. The London Gazette: no. 24810. p. 622. 10 February, 1880.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 26534. p. 4154. 20 July, 1894.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27263. p. 82. 4 January, 1901.
  4. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 10 August, 1908. Issue 38721, col C, p. 7.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 28196. p. 8278. 13 November, 1908.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 28359. p. 2762. 22 April, 1910.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 28686. p. 764. 31 January, 1913.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 29340. p. 10509. 26 October, 1915.
  9. Lyon Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/87. f. 104.
  10. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30723. p. 6527. 3 June, 1918.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 31104. p. 199. 3 January, 1919.
  12. The Navy List. (October, 1898). p. 277.
  13. The Navy List. (January, 1901). p. 240.
  14. The Navy List. (January, 1901). p. 240.
  15. Napier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 72.
  16. The Navy List. (February, 1900). p. 241.
  17. Lyon Service Record at The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 446.
  18. Lyon Service Record at The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 446.
  19. Lyon Service Record at The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 446.
  20. Lyon Service Record at The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 446.
  21. Lyon Service Record at The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 446.
  22. Lyon Service Record at The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 446.
  23. Lyon Service Record at The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 446.
  24. Lyon Service Record at The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 446.
  25. Lyon Service Record at The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 446.
  26. Lyon Service Record at The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 446.
  27. Lyon Service Record at The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 446.
  28. Lyon Service Record at The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 446.
  29. Lyon Service Record at The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 446.
  30. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 10 August, 1908. Issue 38721, col C, p. 7.
  31. Lyon Service Record at The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 446.