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About Knight and Lyons Family
This is an attempt to document our forebears, who came directly from United Kingdom, Ireland, 
Scotland and Germany. A couple came from the UK via America.
In my tree I am only interested in blood relatives of our direct ancestors and those of our 
children through marriage so that our grandchildren may have a full family history. To achieve a 
manageable tree we tend not go beyond fourth cousins but occasionally have included fifth cousins. 
In a few cases a male/female line of "non-blood" ancestors is followed to complete stories arising 
from second marriages - as an example Fogarty line is included to account for family from second 
marriage of Dorothy's grandmother Isabella Lyra Simpson.
A mixture of a few convicts, whose main crime was petty theft, although one was transported for 
life on charge of manslaughter, and numerous free settlers who came mainly from impoverished 
backgrounds. They sought a better life for themselves and their children in the great land 'down 
under' - (Australia). The convict ancestors turned their hand to hard work and left a legacy of 
which we can all be proud. Our ancestors were in the main prolific breeders, although many 
children died at birth or in their first few years due to the primitive conditions in which most 
of the families lived. So whilst births in excess of 10 per couple were not uncommon, only an 
average of 7 made it to adulthood. The record is held by John Stoneham who produced 19 children 
from two marriages but only 10 of those lived beyond their early teens.
Whilst a few arrived in Melbourne, Victoria, the majority came to Sydney, New South Wales and 
incredibly ventured into far flung areas of the State sometimes taking up to 3 months to reach 
the 'inland' on horse and dray 'expeditions'. They made their living chasing gold; opening General 
Stores; working as labourers or farm hands; establishing small farming and grazing properties; the 
Irish ancestors found work in the coalfields of the Hunter Valley and also as farmers.

The predominant names are Anderson, Attwill/Atwill, Hilton, Knight, Lyon/Lyons, O'Hearn/Ahern, Sattler, Simpson, Stoneham, Thompson, Tibbey and Turton; along with many others who contribute to the tapestry of our ancestors.

Military Service attracted many ancestors with the Stonehams serving in UK forces and East 
India Company in the early 1800s; the Turtons with the East India Company and British Military, 
later with American forces in the Mexican War. A few served in the Boer War. The first and second 
World Wars saw 99 family members, from all lines, serving in the Australian Military Forces, 
seventeen paid the ultimate sacrifice - see Honour Roll below which includes family who served in 
UK and NZ Military Forces.

Awards for Valour
Five family members were awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery in the World Wars: 
Alfred Hilton KNIGHT WW2 (Tony Uncle) - see story.
William Leo O'Hearn WW1 (Dorothy Grand Uncle)
George Albert STEVENS WW1 (Tony 2nd Cousin 1X removed)
Lindsay Harold THOMPSON WW1 (Tony 1st Cousin 1X removed). NOTE: His son Harold Vivian was 
killed whilst training with RAAF during WW2
George TURTON WW1 (Tony 1st Cousin 1X removed). 
Nine brave souls served in both 1st and 2nd World Wars.

Honour Roll of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice:
CARRALL, Nigel Bruce, Flying Officer, Royal Australian Air Force {Tony 3rd Cousin}: 4 
November 1944 - Flying battle over Reichswald, Germany - on secondment to the Royal Air Force. 
CASSIDY, Herbert Alfred, 27th Infantry Battalion, 2nd AIF, {Tony 3rd Cousin}: 12 September 
1944 - Prisoner of War, drowned in South China Sea aboard the Rakuyo Maru, which was sunk by the 
Americans, who were not aware of the ship's "cargo".
FOGARTY, Sidney John, 18th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement, 1st AIF: 14 November 1916 - Killed 
in Action Warlencourt-Butte, France.
FRANCIS, Kenneth Geoffrey, 7th Squadron Royal Air Force, {Tony 3rd Cousin}: 31 March 1944 - 
Shot down over Ober- moos, Germany.
HAYNES, Paul Atwell, 37th Battalion, D Company, 1st AIF {Tony 2nd Cousin}: 9 April 1918 - 
Killed in Action Villers-Bretonneaux, France.
HILTON, Victor George, 7th Light Horse Regiment, 2nd Reinforcement, 1st AIF {Tony 2nd 
Cousin}: 23 July 1915 - Died from wounds received at Gallipoli, buried at sea.
LATHBRIDGE, Staughton Charles Archelus, Royal Engineers, London Regiment, 1st, 4th Field 
Company {Tony 2nd Cousin}: 31 October 1915 – killed in action Bethune, France.
RILEY, Eric George Turton, 22 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force {Tony 3rd Cousin}: 12 
September 1943 - Flying Battle over Gasmata, Papua New Guinea.
SATTLER, Geoffrey, 13 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, {Dorothy 2nd Cousin}: 21 January 
1942 - Shot down near Manado, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia.
SATTLER, Sidney Alexander Reginald, 13th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement, 1st AIF, {Dorothy 
1st Cousin}: 11 March 1917 - Died from wounds at Battle of the Somme, France.
SCRUTTON, Arthur Edward, 54th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement, 1st AIF, {Tony 2nd Cousin}: 29 
March 1917 - Killed in Action at Battle of the Somme, France.
STONEHAM, Eric Arthur, 3rd Battalion, NZ Expeditionary Forces {Tony 3rd Cousin}: 4 October 
1918 - Killed in Action at Ypres, Belgium.
STONEHAM, Philip Raphael, 3rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement, {Tony 2nd Cousin}: 12 August 
1915 - Killed in Action at Lone Pine, Gallipoli (Brother of Walter)
STONEHAM, Walter Vincent, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, Reinforcement 13, {Tony 2nd Cousin}: 
17 August 1916 - died at Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick as a result of gunshot wounds received 
near Gallipoli in April. (Brother of Philip)
THOMPSON, Harold Vivian, Pilot Trainee Royal Australian Air Force, {Tony 2nd Cousin}: 8 
March 1943 - killed in an aircraft collision whilst training with RAAF at Narrandera NSW.
TIBBEY, Sgt. Frank Alfred, E Company, Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force, {Tony 
3rd Cousin}: 29 December 1914 - killed on active service at Etiape, German New Guinea. He enlisted 
on 11 August 1914.
TURNER, George Stanley, East Kent Regiment, British Military Forces {Tony 2nd Cousin}: 7 
October 1916 - Killed in Action at Battle of the Somme, France.
                                        "Lest we Forget"

The undermentioned family members fell foul of the law in Great Britain and Ireland:
ATWILL, John: (My Great great Grandfather) Tried at Somersetshire for larceny in January 
1820 and transported for 7 years aboard the Neptune.
EGAR, Ann: (John's wife, my GG Grandmother) Transported for 7 years in 1829 on board the 
RYAN, Michael: (Dorothy's Great grand uncle - husband of Mary Ahern),  Charged with 
manslaughter in County Clare on 12 March 1835 and transported for life on board the Backwell.
SMITH, Mary: (My great great grand aunt - wife of John Stoneham) Sentenced at York, England 
in 1829 and transported for 14 years on board the America.

NOTE: Some family names have changed over time in Australia, however the descendant lines 
have all been verified against Birth, Death, Marriage and other official records.
It should be noted that a number of the early records have notations "unable to read 
or write".
To ensure accuracy the family name shown on original records is used here, and later change is 
mentioned on that individual's personal record.
1) ATTWILL Family name is now used however it started as ATWILL and was spelt as ATWELL in 
few records.
2) KRAMS Family arrived in Australia as KRAMPS, but adopted Krams after immigration.
3) LYONS is now the family name but started as LYON.
4) O'HEARN came to Australia as Ahern and over the first two generations in Australia the 
spelling changed through A'Hern, O'Hearne and O'Hern before the current spelling became “standard”.
Christian Names: The spelling and sometimes reversal of first/second christian names has 
also varied through Birth, Marriage, Census and Death records. The variations are noted 
on each, however the Birth record name has been used in majority of cases, unless it is clearly a 
misspelling/transcription error.
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