10th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
03/03/1916 (Killed in Action)
William Thomas Lyons was the eldest son of William and Martha Lyons. William Lyons was born on 25th July 1880 in Belfast. He was the oldest of six children. William went to the Methodist College and Royal School Dungannon. William Lyons joined the Belfast University Officer Training Corps in May 1913, and became a first-class signaller in November 1914. He rose through the ranks and Captain Lyons was appointed adjutant to the battalion in September 1915. Captain William Lyons was serving with the 10th (Service) Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers when he was killed when a shell landed on his dugout near Ypres on 3 March 1916. He was 35 years of age.
Spoilbank Cemetery is located 5 Kms south of Ieper town centre, on the Vaartstraat, a road leading from the Rijselseweg (N365) connecting Ieper to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselseweg is located via the Rijselsestraat, through the Rijselpoort (Lille Gate) and by crossing the Ieper ring road, towards Armentieres and Lille. The road name then changes to Rijselseweg. 3 Kms along the Rijselseweg lies the left hand turning onto Vaartstraat.