Tyler, Albert Charles
‘B’ Squadron, Queen’s Own Yorkshire Dragoons, Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in action on Wednesday 28 October 1942 (aged 27)
No known grave
Alamein Memorial, Egypt (Column 30)
Cathedral Church of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Portsmouth
In the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour website it is recorded that Corporal Albert Charles Tyler (No. 405992) was the husband of Caroline Mabel Beattie Tyler of Newtownards, Co Down, Northern Ireland.
The death of Corporal Albert Charles Tyler (No. 405992) was reported in the 21 November 1942 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle under the headline Ards Soldier Killed in Middle East Fighting. It was reported that he and Caroline Mabel Beattie, who was a daughter of photographer William Beattie and Sarah Beattie of 21 William Street, Newtownards, had been married about five years previously.
Corporal Tyler was born in Portsmouth and he had completed about six years of service when he was recalled shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War. He was killed in action on 28 October 1942 in the Middle East.
For 60 years following the end of the Second World War the only memorial to the men and women of Portsmouth who died was a low stone wall at the rear of the Cenotaph with these words inscribed upon it:
In memory of those who lost their lives in World War II
On 8 November 2005, a memorial to those who died was unveiled by Princess Alexandra.
In 2007 a campaign was launched in Portsmouth to raise money to inscribe the names of an estimated 3,500 local people killed during the Second World War onto the town’s war memorial. At the time of writing, efforts to compile a list of names are ongoing and the names collected are being added to a touch-screen computer in the Cathedral Church of St. Thomas of Canterbury in Old Portsmouth.
I contacted the Civic Offices in Portsmouth and, as a result, Corporal Albert Charles Tyler’s name has been added to the list.
In the Cathedral, there is also a Second World War Book of Remembrance.