Robert Lyon (British Army officer)

Major-General Robert Lyon CB OBE (24 October 1923 – 13 November 2019) was a British Army officer.

Robert Lyon
Born(1923-10-24)24 October 1923
Died13 November 2019(2019-11-13) (aged 96)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Commands held4th Light Regiment Royal Artillery
Royal Armoured Corps Centre
South West District
Battles/warsSecond World War
Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Military careerEdit

Educated at Ayr Academy, Lyon was commissioned into the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in August 1943 and saw action in Europe during the Second World War.[1] After transferring to the Royal Artillery in 1947, he became commanding officer of 4th Light Regiment Royal Artillery in 1965 and in that role was deployed to Borneo during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation.[1] He went on to be Commander Royal Artillery, 1st Armoured Division in 1967, Director of Operational Requirements at the Ministry of Defence in 1971 and Director Royal Artillery in 1973.[1] His last appointment was as General Officer Commanding South West District in 1975 before retiring in 1978.[2]

He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 1976 New Year Honours.[3]

In 1951 he married Constance Margaret Gordon; they had one son and one daughter.[1] Following the death of his first wife, he married Rosemary Jane Allchin in 1992.[1]

He died on 13 November 2019 at the age of 96.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Who's Who 2010, A & C Black, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4081-1414-8
  2. ^ "Army Commands" (PDF). Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  3. ^ "No. 46777". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1975. p. 3.
  4. ^ Lyon
Military offices
Preceded by
George Cooper
General Officer Commanding South West District
Succeeded by
Sir John Acland