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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 441

Three: Fusilier J. Tryer, Lancashire Fusiliers, who died on active service in the first Arakan campaign in 1942

1939-45 Star; Burma Star; War Medal 1939-45, in their original card forwarding box, addressed to ‘Mrs. Tryer, 10 Hopper Fold Lane, Atherton, Manchester’, with related Army Council condolence slip in the name of ‘Fus. J. Tryer’ and, poignantly, the official telegrams received by his wife, notifying her of her husband’s death from Cholera on 30 November 1942, extremely fine (3)

Joseph Tyrer was born in Bolton, Lancashire in 1905 and married Rosa Ann Browne in 1933.

After joining the Army, he was posted to the 10th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers and sailed for India in 1941. He landed in Burma as part of 7th Indian Division to take part in the first Arakan campaign in October 1942, the attempt to capture Akyub Island. It was, according to the Battalion’s war diary, extremely hard fighting as the Japanese were prepared for the assault and casualties were high. Tyrer, however, did not die from enemy action but, as the above described telegrams to his wife confirm, of cholera on 30 November 1942.

Tyrer has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 9 of the Rangoon War Memorial. His widow, Rosa, continued to live in Atherton, Lancashire and died on 13 November 1981.

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