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Edward Lyons was born in Preston in 1889 to Susannah Lyons a single lady who was originally from Liverpool. Susannah first appeared in Preston in about 1880 where she was a resident of the workhouse in Fulwood. It was in the workhouse that she gave birth to her first child, a daughter she named Susannah.

By the time of the 1881 Census Susannah and her daughter had left the workhouse and they were lodging with Robert Hamilton and his wife Mary at 15 Robert Street in Preston. Susannah also had a job as a linen winder. In December 1881 she gave birth to another daughter and named her Mary.

Two years after Edward was born the 1891 Census shows Susannah, still a single woman with daughters Susannah and Mary and son Edward all residing in a small terraced house at 29 Egbert Street in Preston. Susannah was now working as a charwoman to support herself and her three young children.

The 1901 Census then shows Susannah as a married lady living with her husband Robert Payne and still resident in Egbert Street. The three children are all still there but they are under the Lyons surname. Robert was quite a few years older than Susannah and was employed as a yardman for a coal dealer. However, despite extensive searches there does not appear to be any record of a marriage for Robert and Susannah.

Robert Payne died in 1906 and by 1911 Susannah had moved to 144 Gordon Street and was listed as a widow but she was using her maiden name of Lyons. Edward was with her, he was single and working as a cotton spinner in one of the local mills. Edward`s sister Mary was married by now and she had a son John and they were also living with Susannah but Mary`s husband of five years Albert Gilday was not. Edward`s eldest sister Susannah had also married by this time to Joseph Green and they were living at 12 Emmanuel Street in Preston with their two children Thomas and Edith.

Edward`s mother Susannah passed away in the September quarter of 1913 and not long afterwards Edward joined the Territorial Force at Preston. At the outbreak of war he volunteered to serve abroad and signed up for 3 years service on the 2 September, 1914. He was allocated the number 12926 and initially posted to the 10th Battalion. His medical inspection noted that he was 5`4” tall, had grey eyes and light brown hair.

In December 1914 he was posted to the 3rd Battalion and on the 4 January, 1915 Edward embarked for France with a batch of reinforcements to join ‘D’ Company of the 1st Battalion.

At some point in late March 1915 he was injured having received gunshot wounds to both legs and his left arm. The injuries were severe enough for him to be sent back to England for treatment and by the 30 March, 1915 he had been admitted to the 1st Eastern General Hospital in Cambridge.

Sadly, Edward never recovered and just a few weeks later on the 16th May 1915 he passed away at the hospital in Cambridge.

Edward`s two married sisters Mary Gilday and Susannah Green now being Edward`s official next of kin inserted the following photograph and article in the local paper after his death.

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Edward`s body was returned home to Preston and he was laid to rest in Preston (New Hall Lane) Cemetery.

Edward was awarded the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals in recognition of his service and sacrifice for his country.

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The CWGC have recorded Mrs Susannah Green of 6 Hawkins Street, Preston as the person who requested the inscription at the foot of Edward`s gravestone.

Rank: Private
Service No: 12926
Date of Death: 16/05/1915
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, “D” Coy. 1st Bn.
Cemetery: PRESTON (NEW HALL LANE) CEMETERY

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