Colonel Graham Thomson Lyall, V.C. 1892-1941 - Ontario Heritage Trust

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Colonel Graham Thomson Lyall, V.C. 1892-1941

Graham Thomson Lyall emigrated from Britain in 1911, eventually settling in Niagara Falls where he worked for the Canadian Niagara Power Company. In 1914, at the start of the First World War, Lyall enlisted in the 19th "Lincoln" Regiment at St. Catharines. Later, he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force and fought at the Somme in 1916, Arras and Ypres in 1917, and Amiens in 1918. On September 27 and October 1, 1918, Lyall led his platoon against the enemy at Bourlon Wood and Blécourt, displaying exceptional valour and leadership, inflicting heavy casualties, and capturing 182 prisoners, 26 machine-guns, and one field gun. "For most conspicuous and skilful leading during the operations north of Cambrai," King George V presented Lyall with the Victoria Cross, the British Empire's highest decoration for valour.

Location

In The Lincoln and Welland Regiment memorial garden at the corner of Lake Street and Welland Avenue, St Catharines.

Region: Niagara Falls and Region

County/District: Regional Municipality of Niagara

Municipality: City of St. Catharines

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