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   Major William Ryan Lyle
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 26/05/2018
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Special List (British Army)
Died: 22/05/1918 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 67
Summary      
William Ryan Lyle was the son of Alexander Mackenzie Lyle. William was born about 1851 in County Tyrone. William Ryan Lyle was the husband of Agnes Stewart Lyle. Major William Ryan Lyle was in the old Mid Ulster Artillery. The 1901 census lists William as age 48 living with his wife at house 29 in Donaghmore, Donaghmore, Tyrone. He is described as a Major in the Military Artillery and Wholesale Wine and Spirit Merchant. Major William Ryan Lyle died of wounds 22nd May 1918 wounds at The Grove, Hillingdon, London.
Further Information
William Ryan Lyle was the son of Alexander Mackenzie Lyle. William was born about 1851 in County Tyrone.
William Ryan Lyle was the husband of Agnes Stewart Lyle.
Major William Ryan Lyle was in the old Mid Ulster Artillery.
The 1901 census lists William as age 48 living with his wife at house 29 in Donaghmore, Donaghmore, Tyrone. He is described as a Major in the Military Artillery and Wholesale Wine and Spirit Merchant.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 7th November 1914:
Captain (and Honorary-Major) William Ryan Lyle, late of the Mid Ulster Royal Garrison Artillery (formerly of Donaghmore House, but latterly residing at Larchmoor, Stoke-Poges, Buckinghamshire) has been appointed temporary captain in the army. Major Lyle was connected with the Mid Ulster Royal Garrison Artillery, stationed at Dungannon for upwards of twenty-seven years, and was greatly respected alike by officers and men. He took a deep interest in all departments of the work, and although advancing in years, he has lost none of his old vim. During the annual trainings of the militia, as the Mid Ulsters were popularly called the sub often pulled the Majorís leg, especially after retiring from the mess. A frequent practical joke was to fill a bath of water after the Major had retired for the night and empty it on his tent. The Major would suddenly appear armed with the first weapon he could lay hands on, but in the darkness the boys generally managed to escape.
William Ryan Lyle was made Temporary Captain on 30th November 1914.
Major William Ryan Lyle died of wounds 22nd May 1918 wounds at The Grove, Hillingdon, London. He was 67 years old.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 25th May 1918:
Captain William Ryan Lyle, of Donaghmore, County Tyrone, died of wounds at The Grove, Hillingdon on, 22nd May 1918. The deceased held the honorary rank of major in the old Mid Ulster Artillery.
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 30 May 1918:
Captain William Ryan Lyle, Donaghmore, died of wounds at The Grove, Hillingdon on 22nd May 1918. The deceased held the honourable rank of Major in the old Mid Ulster Artillery.
Major William Ryan Lyle is buried in Hillingdon Uxbridge Cemetery, London.
The CWGC record Major Lyle as the son of Alexander Mackenzie Lyle and the husband of Agnes S. Lyle, of "The Grove," Hillingdon.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Donaghmore Donaghmore Born in Donaghmore 54.532637 -6.817803
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1 1901 Census lists Lyle family Lists William as age 48 living with his wife at house 29 in Donaghmore, Donaghmore, Tyrone
2 London Gazette - promotions William Ryan Lyle was made Temporary Captain
3 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of William Ryan Lyle's gravestone can be purchased here
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