Airborne Engineers Association

Roll of Honour



Dennis Lyons. November 1928 - September 2018


Following a prolonged period of ill health Dennis Lyons passed away on 22nd
September 2018 just a few weeks before his 90th Birthday.

Dennis was born in Sheffield and at the age of three had to go and live with his 'big' sister because he was told that his mother had died. He moved from Sheffield to Cleethorpes as a young man to live with relatives and attended the local school there and helped out during the summer on his Uncle's boat taking tourists on trips.

He joined the Airborne Engineers on 29th May 1946. Dennis served 6 years 29 days in the Colours and 5 Years 336 days in the Reserve totalling 12 years service.

His Commanding Officer said that his military conduct was "Exemplary'  and went on to say "Sapper Lyons has the manner and experience to fit him to take charge of a party of men. Hard working, Sober, Honest and a man who could be relied on to all that was requested of him, and a bit more if called upon".

Dennis was born in Sheffield in 1928 and joined the Royal Engineers as a regular soldier at the age of 18 and in his army career served with the British Army of the Rhine and also with the Middle East Land Force who's primary role was to command British land forces and co-ordinate with the relevant naval and air commands to defend British interests in the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean region. During his time within the Middle East Dennis received the General Service Medal (Palestine) 1945/48 Medal.

After leaving the Army he joined the London Ambulance Service and after several years he decided to return to Sheffield to see if he had any family still living in the area. He did locate one of his brothers who was so very pleased to see him and suggested that they go and see his mother you can imagine Dennis's face at this point, after all at the age of three he was told his mother had died. Dennis completed 33 years as an ambulance driver in total and was very well respected by his colleagues. A dedicated husband to Jenny, father, grandfather and great grandfather he will be sadly missed by all and a gentleman to the last, we salute you.



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