- Surnames starting with the letter L. 

Samuel Alfred Lyons

Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:04th Airlanding Anti-Tank Bty
Name of Rgt or Ship:Royal Artillery
Country of burial:FranceGrave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Fecamp (Le Val Aux Clercs) Communal Cemetery
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born on the 1st June 1922, the birth being registered during the June
quarter 1944 in the Cannock R.D. - ref: 6b/946, the son of Alfred Thomas &
Florence Lyons (nee Mills).

1939 National Registration - 115 Green Heath Road, Cannock, Staffordshire. 
  Alfred T. Lyons - Married - born on the 5th July 1885 - occ: Colliery
Engine Winder.   Florence Lyons - Married - born on the 24th May 1891 -
Married - occ: Unpaid Domestic Duties.   Adelaide Lyons - Single - born on
the 17th March 1916 -  occ: Unpaid Domestic Duties.  Samuel A. Lyons -
Single - born on the 1st June 1922 - At School.

Married Muriel Marie Good during the June quarter 1944 in the Bucklow R.D.
- ref: 8a/489.

From -

The 4th Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery R.A. began forming up on the 9th May
1943, at Marlborough Barracks, Bulford, Wiltshire under the command of
Major T.H.P. Dixon, M.C., R.A. The nucleus for the unit came from ‘D’
Battery, 103rd Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery.
This battery, along with the 3rd Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, was formed
to provide the anti-tank defence for the two parachute brigade’s of the
6th Airborne Division. It was officially taken on the strength of the 6th
Airborne Division on 9 July 1943.
By May 1944 the Battery had completed all their training, had been on
extensive exercise with the units they were to support, and had carried out
practice ‘shoots’ with the new ‘Sabot’ ammunition. They had also
carried out training and practice ‘shoots’ with the glider pilots who
would fly them into action.
On the 19th and 20th May the Seaborne Parties departed for the Marshalling
Area at Creech Walk. This group consisted of two Jeeps and trailers and 34
Other Ranks, and they were attached to the 3rd Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery
for the move across to Normandy.
On the 26th May the airborne contingent moved to R.A.F. Tarrant Rushton and
prepared their gliders for loading. They were loaded on the 4th, but had to
wait 24 hours, when the invasion was postponed. Finally on the evening of 5
June 1944 they took off.

6th June 1944
0055 hrs - Recce party landed in area RANVILLE NORMANDY with 12th + 13th
Para Bns.
0330 hrs - Main Glider party arrives.  11 Guns and 2 i/c only Guns into
1030 hrs - 4 SP German guns destroyed.
1400 hrs - Forward Anti-tank gun lost.  2 Glider Pilots and 1 gunner killed
and 2 wounded.  Sgt. Woodridge is attempting to rejoin unit lost gun and

6th Airbourne Division - RA.

M.I. - "Just a cluster of beautiful memories and a heartache always for

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