Jack Lyon

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Jack Lyon
Member of Parliament, Waitemata
In office
28 November 1935 – 26 May 1941 
Preceded by Alexander Harris
Succeeded by Mary Dreaver
Personal details
Born (1898-02-15)15 February 1898
London, United Kingdom
Died 26 May 1941(1941-05-26) (aged 43)
Military service
Service/branch British Army
New Zealand Military Forces
Years of service 1914–1919
Rank Captain

First World War
Second World War

William John (Jack) Lyon (15 February 1898 – 26 May 1941) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party. He was killed in World War II while serving with the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

Early years[edit]

Lyon was born in London, England, and educated at a Brighton Grammar School. He won a scholarship to Oxford University, but did not take it up as he enlisted in the British Army, becoming an officer in the Royal Sussex Regiment.

Local politician[edit]

Lyon was active in the UK Labour Party.[1] His health was damaged by mustard gas, so he emigrated to New Zealand in 1927 where he lived in Hastings. Lyon served on the Hastings Borough Council and Napier Harbour Board before moving to Auckland in 1931.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1935–1938 25th Waitemata Labour
1938–1941 26th Waitemata Labour

Lyon contested the Hawkes Bay electorate in the 1928 election, but was beaten by the incumbent, Hugh Campbell of the Reform Party.[1][2]

As a Labour Party MP, he represented the Waitemata electorate from the 1935 general election to 1941.[3] Out of respect to Lyon, the National Party decided not to contest the by-election resulting from his death.[4] The by-election resulted in the return of the third woman to the New Zealand House of Representatives, Labour's Mary Dreaver.[5]


With the outbreak of war, Lyon enlisted in the New Zealand Military Forces, and was a Captain with the 18th Battalion when he was killed during the Battle of Crete.


  1. ^ a b "Death in Action". The New Zealand Herald. LXXVIII (23984). 6 June 1941. p. 9. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 187.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 213.
  4. ^ "Waitemata Seat". The New Zealand Herald. LXXVIII (23985). 7 June 1941. p. 10. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Laracy, Hugh. "Dreaver, Mary Manson". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 


External links[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Alexander Harris
Member of Parliament for Waitemata
Succeeded by
Mary Dreaver