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Markham Carthew Lysons

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Markham Carthew AWMM
  • Surname
    Lysons AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Mark Lysons AWMM
  • Service number
    574329 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1907 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1942 AWMM Franz Joseph Glacier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs K.I. Lysons (wife), Franz Joseph Glacier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 2 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    574329 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1942 AWMM Photographer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Obituary. Member of New Zealand Alpine Club: "Mountaineers throughout New Zealand will have learned with deep regret of the death of Mark Lysons. His passing, in the service of his country, so soon after his arrival in Italy, has come as a terrible blow. Many people knew Mark. Some knew him as a guide, others as a photographs; but we in Waiho, and many others too, knew him for what he was - just Mark.

    Reared in the shadow of Egmont, Mark early showed his love for the snows. Coming south, he enrolled as a student at Canterbury College, and began making his first trips into our high hills. Among his early climbs he brought off the first winter ascent of Mt. Rolleston via a new route from the head of the Waimakariri Valley, a climb that has not been repeated, although parties have made traverses from the opposite direction.

    Before long, Mark found he was to make the decision which was to alter the course of his life. So enamoured with the life had he become that he decided to give up his University career and make Waiho his home. He never had cause to regret it, and mountaineering has been the richer.

    In Waiho, Mark was more than just a climber and a photographer. He was our leader in almost everything, and among other activities used to take the services for us in that little church so well known to many. Joining the Army in 1942, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, but on embarkation, in January of this year, he reverted to the rank of Temporary Sergeant. Arrived in Italy, his call came too soon." (from the New Zealadn Alpine Journal, Vol.X, No.31, June 1944) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    3 April 1944 AWMM
    Age 37 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cassino War Cemetery, Italy AWMM VI. K. 8. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Alpine journal AWMM
      The New Zealand Alpine Journal, Vol.X, No.31, June 1944 (includes photograph) AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 13 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1944 to 31st March, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.73 AWMM
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM

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