Herbert Inglis Nigel Lyon

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Lieutenant-Commander Herbert Inglis Nigel Lyon, R.N. (4 May, 1886 – 21 October, 1917) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Melcombe, Regis, the son of Commander H. Lyon, R.N..

Lyon was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 3 September, 1907.

Lyon was appointed to the light cruiser Glasgow on 17 September, 1912. He was in her at the Battle of the Falkland Islands and was mentioned in despatches for "carr[ying] out control well from secondary position as respective batteries came into action."

Lyon was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 3 September, 1915.

Lyon commanded the destroyer Nonsuch at the Battle of Jutland as part of the Twelfth Destroyer Flotilla.[1]

Lyon paid off Nonsuch on 2 March, 1917, but on the 21st, a Court Martial resulted in a reprimand for an earlier instance of grounding the destroyer.

Lyon was made captain of the destroyer Marmion in late May, 1917. He died when she was lost under his command on 21 October, 1917.[2][3]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles R. Samson
Captain of H.M. T.B. 99
24 Jan, 1907 – 5 Jul, 1907
Succeeded by
Herbert I. N. Lyon
Preceded by
Cecil M. Queripel
Captain of H.M. T.B. 85
2 Jun, 1908[4] – Mar, 1909
Succeeded by
Reginald A. Yonge
Preceded by
Herbert I. N. Lyon
Captain of H.M. T.B. 99
Mar, 1909 – 11 Dec, 1909
Succeeded by
Lionel G. Preston
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Nonsuch
11 Feb, 1916[5] – 2 May, 1917
Succeeded by
Geoffrey W. Walker-Jones
Preceded by
George W. Taylor
Captain of H.M.S. Retriever
25 Apr, 1917 – 11 May, 1917
Succeeded by
Charles P. Clarke
Preceded by
Edward Brooke
Captain of H.M.S. Marmion
25 May, 1917[6] – 21 Oct, 1917[7]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost


  1. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 45.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 79.
  3. Williams, M. W. HMS Tirade and the Sinking of UC-55 in Warship 1997-1998, p. 159.
  4. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 401.
  5. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396g.
  6. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395o.
  7. Williams, M. W. HMS Tirade and the Sinking of UC-55 in Warship 1997-1998, p. 159.