William Lyske was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Corps of Signals.
After volunteering airborne forces in 1942, Lieutenant Lyske attended parachute training course number 13 at RAF Ringway between 4 and 21 May 1942. He was posted to the 1st Parachute Brigade Signals.
Lt Lyske went on Operation Torch in North Africa.
At some point he transferred to the 2nd (Independent) Brigade and went to Italy.
Captain Lyske went on Operation Dragoon to the South of France from aircraft No. 43 as 2nd in Command (2iC) of the brigade’s signals section.
In October 1944, he went on Operation Manna, when the 2nd Independent Parachute Brigade group landed in Greece to harass the anticipated German withdrawal from the Balkans.
Major (temp) Lyske serviced in Palestine and was Mentioned in Despatches ‘in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Palestine during the period 27th March, 1946-26th September, 1946:’ (The London Gazette, Supplement 38505, Page 125, Publication Date 7 January 1949.)
Lieutenant Colonel Lyske retired his commission in December 1968 and eventually settled in Commack, Long Island, New York.
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