Wireless Operator Ian Lyle

Second World War

Wireless Operator Ian Lyle, 3rd Radio Officer, Merchant Navy. He was lost at sea aboard the S.S. Umona on 30th April 1941 and is commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial, London. The ship  which was carrying a cargo of Pulse, Jam and Maize from South Africa was sunk 90 miles South West of Freetown, Sierra Leone by U-124 and 100 of her crew of 105 were lost.  U-124 was herself sunk by H.M.S. Black Swan on 2nd April 1943 and went down with all hands.