Lieutenant Albert Tyler

Lieutenant Albert Tyler © Newdigate Local History Society
Lieutenant Albert Tyler © Newdigate Local History Society

Thank you to John Callcutt for letting us reproduce the following information, taken from his book: A Village at War. Newdigate in World War One.

Albert Tyler was born at Greenwich on the 1st February 1893 and was the only son of Colonel Henry Edward Tyler of the Royal Engineers and his Irish wife Martha Frances. He grew up at Sandown on the Isle of Wight before moving to Wetherden, Warwick Bench, Guildford. His grandfather was Sir Henry Whatley Tyler also of the Royal Engineers so he grew up within a family steeped in army tradition. He was educated at Charterhouse School, became a gentleman cadet at the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich and was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers on the 19th July 1912. Known as Bi, he served with the 11th Field Company and on the 26th October 1914 they were assisting the King’s in assaulting houses supposed to contain German machine-guns. At 5.20am this section succeeded in taking four houses on the Paschendaele-Bercelaere road. The company worked through the nights improving trenches but on the 12th November, Lieut. Tyler was killed and his friend, Lieut. Bourdillon was wounded. His name is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres and the Charterhouse Roll of Honour. In his will he left 4032. 3s. 11d.

Born                            Greenwich, London
Lived                           Wetherden, Guildford

Son of                         Colonel Henry Edward and Martha Frances Tyler of Sandown, Isle of Wight

School                         Charterhouse School
College                        Royal Military Academy, Woolwich

Regiment                     11th Field Company, Royal Engineers

Date of Death              12th November 1914
Place of Death             Paschendaele, Belgium
Cause of Death            Killed in Action

Age                              21

Memorial                     Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium

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