Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough 31 March 1900
The Assassination of a Darlington Man in Venezuela
Mr E W Lyall, of Darlington, has received some further details concerning the death of his son, Mr James Lyall, who for some time, prior to his death at the hands of an assassin, was attached to the British Consulate, Cuidad Bolivar, Venezuela.
It will be remembered that the circumstances of the murder were reported in the "Gazette" a few weeks ago. Mr Lyall was leaving the Consulate, when he was followed by three men, one of whom stabbed him the side near the heart, and he fell to the ground. Whilst Mr Lyall was lying there the man again stabbed him.
The man is now in custody, and is a native of Colombia. He is believed to be one of five conspirators, and has since confessed to the crime, and says he is but the tool of others.
Mr Lyall left England in October 1893, and frequently acted as Consul during the absence of Mr C H de Lemos. Deceased was 23 years of age, and had a most promising career before him.
Mr E W Lyall has received a letter from another son who is an engineer at Demerara, and states what steps were being taken with regard to the death of his brother. Mr C H de Lemos has also written to Mr Lyall, returning all the letters addressed to the deceased. A temporary cross had been erected at the head of the grave of Mr Lyall, and Mr de Lemos and his wife had paid several visits to the grave, which had been planted with everlasting flowers.
Birmingham Daily Post, 3 April 1900
The Murder of the British Deputy Consul at Bolivar
A British Guiana correspondent states in reference to the assassination of Mr James Lyall, British Deputy Consul at Bolivar, Venezuela, on February 28, that Mr Lyall had just left his office when he was attacked by an assassin, who is stated to be a Colombian, and fatally stabbed. Mr C H de Lemos, British Consul, was preparing to go on leave, and Mr Lyall was to have acted for him during his absence.
Mr Lyall came out from England in 1898, and during his connection with the consulate he has been most energetic in attending to British interests in the district. It is believed that the murder was committed at the instigation of a party of conspirators. Writing to a brother of his in Georgetown, on February 13, Mr Lyall said a state of political anarchy prevailed in Bolivar, and that the inhabitants daily expected the town to be attacked by the rebels.
They lived for a time at 13 Woodlands Terrace before moving to 4 Vane Terrace, which was their home for the rest of their lives. Edward died there in 1922 at the age of 81. The notice of his death in the Yorkshire Post records that he
had been in declining health lately, though he was out for a walk on Wednesday. Yesterday morning he was found dead in bed, having passed away in his sleep in the night.
Mr Lyall was well known in his profession, being responsible, among other works, for a number of water supplies around Darlington. He was for a long period hon. secretary of the Darlington Charity Organisation Society.His wife Ann died in 1930.
The British consul named in the newspaper reports was Charles Hermann de Lemos (c1855-1928). Born in Hamburg, he took British nationality at the age of 27 while living in Newcastle. He was appointed H.M. Consul for "the States of Bolivar, Sucre, and Barcelona, to reside at Ciudad Bolivar" on 10 Mar 1899. His wife, with whom he paid the visits to young Mr Lyall's grave, was Guillermina Dalton (1855-1943).