Frederick Tyler PO/5127

The information relating to Frederick's family has been kindly provided by his Great Great Grandson Kevin Day
Frederick Tyler was born in the London town of Stratford on 28th December 1875, his parents Robert and Sarah Ann nee Mitchell. He enlisted with the Royal Marines on 28th October 1889 where he is recorded as being employed as a painter & paperhanger.

Serving with the Portsmouth Division, Frederick would be promoted to the rank of corporal in August 1893 before marrying Millie Fuge at Totnes in Devon four years later. The couple would see the arrival of five sons, Frederick Robert Marcus (b. 1899) would also serve with the Portsmouth Division during WW1. He was enlisted on 6th April 1914 as a bugler with the service number 17224.

In February 1897 Frederick landed with the Benin Expedition. Eight men were killed in the action as the city was captured and sacked. This would lead to the collapse of the kingdom and its absorption into colonial Nigeria. Frederick was awarded the Ashanti Medal with the Benin "97" clasp in May 1898. Promoted to the rank of sergeant in September 1900, he was awarded the General Service Medal in 1907.

As a colour sergeant Frederick landed with Royal Marine Brigade at both Ostend and Dunkirk before serving at the defence of Antwerp. After the Division moved to Gallipoli, Frederick was killed during the action of the Second Battle of Krithia. Initially buried on the north side of the track halfway up Dead Man's gully, Frederick's grave was lost and his name commemorated on the Helles memorial.

Royal Naval Division .info Frederick Tyler Helles memorial Index

It is with Frederick's death that we start to see some discrepancies in his details recorded at the time of enlistment. The Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll gives a different birth date, 23rd December 1870, to that shown on the service record. This document does state his widow as Millie residing at Greenwich. The family believe that Frederick is actually Frederick John born 5th December 1869 at Ardleigh in Essex, the following census records in support of this (click to enlarge):
Royal Naval Division .info Frederick Robert Marcus Tyler PO/17224
Frederick R. M. Tyler PO/17224
Royal Naval Division .info Frederick J. Tyler 1901 Census
Royal Naval Division .info Frederick J. Tyler 1911 Census
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