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Lt. W.S.S. Lyon

Tim Godden

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Hi All,

Walter Scott Stewart Lyon served in the 9th Royal Scots and was killed in early 1915 in a haeavy shelling bombardment. He was a poet, his most famous poem being 'I tracked a Dead Man Down a Trench'. What I would like to know is what other poems he wrote. I bleive he had a collection published called 'Easter in Ypres', or something like that. But I have never come across it or any more of his poems.

Does anyone know anything about him?

Many thanks,


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I have a feeling that he is one of the poets featured in Anne Powell's book "A Deep Cry" (publ. 1993).

I can't recall how much of his work is in there, but at the very least there'll be a potted biography. Useful book for information on the less well-known war poets.


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Initials: W S S

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment: Royal Scots

Unit Text: 9th Bn.

Age: 28

Date of Death: 08/05/1915

Additional information: Son of Walter F. K. and Isabella R. Lyon, of Tantallon Lodge, North Berwick. One of the war poets.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 11


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  • 6 years later...

Sorry for the very slow reply but only just seen this. I own his medals which I price and own with pride. Get the book 'A deep Cry' all his works are there plus a short biography. Nigel

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