No.2001 Norman Currie Tyrer
Norman Currie Tyrer was born in 1894 in Malvern Victoria to Robert Edward and Margaret Tyrer (nee Hunter).
He had two brothers:
- George Florence
- James John Robert
- Mary-Anne Elizabeth
- Victoria Marguerite Talbot
- Alice Olive
- Janet Elizabeth (his twin0
Norman enlisted into the Army at Melbourne, Victoria on the 3 April 1916. He was 21 years and 4 and a half months and was 5 feet and four and a half inches tall. Norman weighed 120 pounds and had a chest measurement thirty two to thirty five and a half inches. His complexion was fresh with blue eyes and brown hair. His next of kin was listed as his father, Robert Edward Tyrer of Murndal, Williamstown Road, West Footscray, Victoria. All of this was recorded at the time of his enlistment.
Norman was with the 3rd Reinforcements, 46th Battalion, AIF and was a Private. He joined his unit and proceeded overseas to France 23 September 1916. After serving his unit in France and having some bouts of sickness during his period of service in France, he rejoined his unit 22 May 1917 in Belgium. Norman was killed in action on the field in Belgium on 8 June 1917 aged 22.
His burial site is not known and there is a memorial site, Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Belgium West Vlaanderen where his name is noted under Panel 7 - 17 - 23 - 25 - 27 - 29 - 31.
An article in the local newspaper reported on his death:
"Pte.Norman Tyrer was one of the twin youngest children of Mr and Mrs Tyrer, “Murnadal”, Williamstown road. Pte. Tyrer was a tailor by trade. He joined the 46th Battalion in 1916 leaving for the front on June 5th, being then just 21years old. He was always keen to join the army, only his youth barring him from enlisting sooner. He was 8 months in the thick of the fighting in France, escaping unscathed until his death last month".
Advertiser (Footscray), 7 July 1917, p.3.
Medals and Entitlements:
[received by his father, Robert Edward Tyrer]
- British War Medal - 2 March 1922
- Victory Medal - 13 March 1923
- Memorial Plaque - 28 August 1922
- Memorial Scroll - 31 March 1922
1917 'ROLL OF HONOR.', Advertiser (Footscray, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 7 July, p. 3, viewed 14 May, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article89114617