Vincent Aloysius Lyons

Biography of Vincent Aloysius Lyons

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Vincent Aloysius Lyons was born on the 13th of April 1895, and was the youngest son of John and Annie Lyons. Johns Lyons was a Parish Councillor, who was headmaster at Our Lady of St Margaret's School in Kinning Park for over 40 years.

Lyons grew up in Pollockshaws, attending St Conval’s Elementary School, before joining the St Aloysius College in Garnethill, where he passed with distinction. He was then granted a bursary to attend the University of Glasgow.

Vincent joined the University in 1912, and began what was to be a very successful University career. In his first year he took classes in Greek and Latin, followed in his second with classes in Intermediate Greek and Latin, and Ordinary English. In both his first and second year he won prizes for Latin, as well as a first-class certificate for English Language and Literature. In his third year Vincent took classes in Honour level Latin and Greek, as well as Logic and Metaphysics (for which he won another class prize).

At the age of 19 he gained the coveted Snell Exhibition and Newlands Scholarships – one of the most prestigious awards of the University. his award would see him go on to join Balliol College at the University of Oxford, and study for a post graduate degree. Vincent was awarded an MA with Honours in Classics from the University of Glasgow on the 18th November 1916, however the degree was awarded in absentia due to his being on military service at the time of the ceremony.

In 1915 Lyons joined the Inns of Court Officers’ Training Corps in London, and in early 1916 received his commission. More information about his time in the Highland Light Infantry can be found on his Roll of Honour page.


Vincent Aloysius Lyons
Born 13 April 1895, Scotland.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: M.A, 1916;
Additional Information: R3/1/2
Record last updated: 8th Aug 2017

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