Lyon, John Tom (1890-1969)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

JOHN TOM LYON: born in Huggate, Yorkshire, on 1 September 1890 and was educated for the Ministry at Hartley College, Manchester. At the end of his college training, he joined the Army Medical Corps in the First World War, serving in France and Salonika. He then volunteered for the Mission Field and was posted to Rhodesia where he served for sixteen years, first with the lepers at Masuku where he was the first white man to penetrate some areas, and later with an agricultural mission in Kafue, where he also helped to translate the New Testament into Chitonga. 

Returning to this country, he held appointments at Market Rasen, Boroughbridge, Knaresborough, Clay Cross, Pocklington, and Reeth. He retired to Tockwith in 1956 and later, when his health had begun to deteriorate, he removed to Wilberfoss in the Pocklington Circuit. 

He had a keen brain which gave him a critical and deep insight into all the matters he had to deal with. He was an interesting conversationalist, not only with a wide and varied experience to draw upon but a ready wit and a propensity for discussion. Even when his bodily powers were weak, an hour spent in his company was always enriching. His deep spirituality was as real as it was unobtrusive. 

He died on 3 February 1969 in the seventy-ninth year of his age and the fifty-third of his ministry.


John was born on 1 September 1890 at Huggate, Yorkshire, to parents Thomas Robert, a market gardener’s labourer (1901), and Jane.

In 1911, the census records John as a farm waggoner.

He married Mary Atkinson (1887-1975) in the spring of 1919 in the Malton Registration District, Yorkshire.    

John died on 3 February 1969 at Wilberfoss, Pocklington, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1916 Supply
  • 1919 N Rhodesia
  • 1935 Market Rasen
  • 1939 Boroughbridge
  • 1944 Knaresborough
  • 1947 Clay Cross
  • 1950 Pocklington
  • 1953 Reeth
  • 1956 Tockwith


Methodist Minutes 1969/200

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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