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Pte R H TyrerRobert Tyrer was born in 1885 at Bolton. He lived at 67 Broad o’th’ Lane, Astley Bridge, Bolton with his sisters.

Pre-war Robert worked at the local Dobson & Barlow’s Mill in the milling dept as a labourer. He was a member of Park Bowling Club and attended the Astley Bridge Baptist Church and appears on their Roll of Honour.

Robert enlisted in the Territorial Force on 24th November 1914 and joined the 1/5th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with the number 3469. Following training in the UK he sailed to France to join the Battalion in the field on 27th June 1915, the majority of the Battalion had been in France since early May.

A month after he arrived in France, on 20th July 1915 he became attached to an Entrenching Battalion.

On 13th May 1916 Robert was appointed acting Lance Corporal (unpaid) and held this appointment until reverting to Private at his own request on 21st August later the same year. In early 1917 he was given the new style number 241409 and in March that year was awarded his first good conduct badge.

On 9th January 1917 he became attached to 177 Tunneling Company and in May that year spent just over a month (15th June – 26th July 1917 attached to the 254th Company of the Royal Engineers.

He took part in the battles of the Somme and Ypres and it was on 20th September 1917 at the Battle of Menin Road, that, whilst acting as a battalion runner, Robert Tyrer was awarded the Military Medal for delivering messages under very heavy shell fire.

During the Cambrai operations, Robert was recommended for a bar to his MM for his actions north east of Epehy and at the Defence of ‘Gloster Road’ again for delivering messages under very heavy fire during the next two days when practically all the other battalion runners became casualties, this recommendation did not get confirmed so did not receive the bar.

Robert Tyrer received his MM at a ceremony at Bolton Town Hall from the Mayor Knowles-Edge on 18th September 1918, whilst he was home on leave.

Tyrer survived until his death at Bolton District General Hospital on 16th April 1953 and is buried in an unmarked grave (No: 2-L1-11) in Heaton Cemetery, Bolton.

Garry Farmer
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