THE VICTORIA CROSS AWARDED TO COLONEL GRAHAM LYALL, 102ND BN, CEF, HAS BEEN GIVEN, ON A LONG-TERM LOAN, TO THE CORPS OF THE ROYAL ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEERS MUSEUM, READING.
December 2011



  • Medal entitlement of Colonel Graham Lyall,
    102nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, CEF

  • Victoria Cross
  • British War Medal ( 1914-20 )
  • Victory Medal ( 1914-19 ) + MiD Oakleaf
  • 1939-45 Star
  • Africa Star
  • War Medal ( 1939-45 )
  • King George V Coronation Medal ( 1911 )
  • King George VI Coronation Medal ( 1937 )


The Victoria Cross and campaign medals awarded to Colonel Graham Lyall have now been withdrawn from a long loan to the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers & REME Museum at Aborfield, England, and returned to a Lyall family descendant

On the wishes of the late Mrs. Lyall, the nephew of Colonel Graham Lyall VC has handed his uncle's Victoria Cross medal group on a long-term loan to the Corps of Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers & REME Museum of Technology based at Aborfield, Reading, Berkshire.


For the award of the Victoria Cross.

[ London Gazette, 14th December 1918 ]. Bourlon Wood and Blecourt, France, 27th September 1918, Lieutenant Graham Thomson Lyall, 102nd Canadian Infantry Battalion ( North British Columbians ), CEF.

Whilst leading his platoon against Bourlon Wood he rendered invaluable support to the leading company which was held up by an enemy strong point, which Lyall captured by a flanking movement, together with thirteen prisoners, one field gun and four machine-guns. Later on, his platoon being much weakened by casualties, was held up by machine-guns at the southern end of Bourlon Wood. Collecting those men available, Lyall led them towards another enemy strong point and springing forward alone rushed the position single-handed killing the German officer in charge and subsequently capturing forty-five prisoners and five machine-guns. Having made good his final objective with the capture of a further forty-seven prisoners, he consolidated his position and thus protected the remainder of the company.

On 1st October 1918, in the neighbourhood of Blecourt, when Lyall was in command of a weakened company, by skillful disposition he captured a strongly defended position which yielded eighty prisoners and seventeen machine-guns.

During the two days of operations, Lieutenant Lyall captured in all three officers, 182 other ranks, twenty-six machine-guns, and one field gun, exclusive of heavy casualties inflicted. He showed throughout the utmost valour and high powers of command.

Graham Lyall was invested with his Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace on the 15th March 1919.


Graham Lyall died on the 28 November 1941 from heart failure during Operation Crusader in Egypt. Colonel Graham Lyall VC is buried in the Halfaya Sollum Cemetery, located on the coastal road from Mersa Matruh, near the Libyan Border.

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Iain Stewart, December 2011