Daniel Lysons (British Army officer)

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Sir Daniel Lysons
Gen. Sir Daniel Lysons
Born1 August 1816
Died29 January 1898 (1898-01-30) (aged 81)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Commands held2nd Brigade of the Light Division
Aldershot Division
Northern District
Battles/warsCrimean War
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

General Sir Daniel Lysons GCB (1 August 1816 – 29 January 1898) was a British Army general who achieved high office in the 1870s.

Military career[edit]

The son of Daniel Lysons the topographer, he was educated at Shrewsbury School. He was commissioned into the 1st Regiment of Foot in 1834.[1] He was shipwrecked on The Premier in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in 1840 and sought help to rescue many of his comrades.[2] He transferred to the 23rd (Welsh) Fusiliers in 1844.[1]

Lysons fought at the Battle of Alma in September 1854 and took command of the 2nd Brigade of the Light Division in October 1855 during the Crimean War.[1]

In 1869 Lysons became General Officer Commanding for Aldershot District and in 1872 he became GOC for Northern District.[1] In 1876 he was made Quartermaster-General to the Forces.[1] Then from 1880 to 1883 he commanded the Aldershot Division.[1] He retired in 1883.[1]

Lysons was appointed Constable of the Tower in 1890.[1]


In 1856 he married Harriet Sophia Bridges and together they went on to have four daughters.[1] In 1865 he married Anna Sophia Biscoe Tritton.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Stearn, Roger T. "Lysons, Sir Daniel". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/17297. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ The Royal Scots: Shipwreck


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainLloyd, Ernest Marsh (1901). "Lysons, Daniel (1816-1898)". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement​. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

Military offices
Preceded by
George Carey
GOC Northern District
Succeeded by
Sir Henry de Bathe
Preceded by
Sir Charles Ellice
Quartermaster-General to the Forces
Succeeded by
Sir Garnet Wolseley
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Steele
GOC-in-C Aldershot Command
Succeeded by
Sir Archibald Alison
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Lord Napier
Constable of the Tower of London
Succeeded by
Sir Frederick Stephenson