Frank TYRER
Rank: Pioneer
Number: WR/291392
Unit: Railway Troops ROYAL ENGINEERS
Date of Death: 9 November 1919
Age: 24
Cemetery: Stockport Borough Cemetery

Even by the standards of the early 20th Century, Frank came from a large family. The 1901 Census shows that Thomas and Nancy Tyrer had a total of 10 children and the family lived at 16 Aberdeen Grove, Edgeley.

Nothing is known about his early life until he enlisted into the army, around early 1916. He would have a varied time in the army. When he joined up, Frank was assigned to one of the Territorial battalions of the Cheshire Regiment and was allocated 4581 as his service number. This was probably the 6th Battalion - Stockport's local territorials. His medal entitlement records, held at the National Archives, confirm he went on active service with the Cheshires but the records indicate he was then quickly transferred to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers (service number 50001). A large batch of Cheshires were transferred to other units in the summer of 1916, just after arriving in France, and Frank probably never fought with the other local men.

It's not known to which Battalion of the Fusiliers Frank was assigned, but some time after the beginning of 1917, he was transferred to the Regiment's 7th Battalion and was given a new number, 291900. Some time later, he was transferred to the Labour Corps (service number 621243). This was probably due to his health deteriorating and making him no longer fit for the rigours of front line duty. A final transfer was made to the Royal Engineers and Frank would have been involved in the construction and maintenance of the railway tracks which moved men and stores towards the front line.

The cause of Frank's death, nearly a year after the war ended and at home, is not known. He is commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and, in itself, this confirms that he was either still a serving soldier when he died or his death was directly related to his military service.

   
           
   
     
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