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Lyons was born in Wolverhampton in 1893, the son of John and Martha Careless. He was baptised at St Mark’s Church, Wolverhampton on 10 September 1893, when the family were living at 42 Ash Street. In 1901 they were at 59 Kimberley Street, Wolverhampton, along with Lyons’ sisters Alice M., Martha M. and Lillian, and brothers Thomas H., Joseph M. and Stacey. By 1911, he was living with his parents at 87a Great Brickkiln Street, Wolverhampton, along with brothers Henery [sic], Joseph, and Stacey, and sisters May and Lillian. Lyons was a cabinet maker.

Lyons enlisted at Wolverhampton in the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 241525). On 28 May 1917, his name was printed in the Express & Star as “Missing believed killed”. It was later confirmed that he had been killed in action on 11 April 1917. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.